[Marxism] The need for a mass united front to oppose U.S. aid to Israel

Manuel Barrera mtomas3 at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 4 11:12:28 MDT 2014

thanks, Andrew, yes, I'd be interested in both the MENA and who may be connected to this kind of effort in MN. Walters, well, his comment speaks for itself. "Thousands" aren't what we need and it is unlikely at this moment that working people in unions (note that this statement does not negate the positive, but still isolated union support that exists and is building) are going to stand up to the task that is needed right now. Working people will, and are, moving on this issue; just not as the currently pathetic organized labor movement that does not seem even to know what it must do to defend itself (e.g, fighting for $15 or opposing austerity such as the fight for water in Detroit and to clean water in Ohio or access to water in California). Gaza needs a real united front in the U.S. and I know it is a hard task. That (pretend) Lefts seem to be excited that their demonstrations have gotten bigger when it only shows the potential not the actual state of affairs only shows how myopic they are.
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 10:49:16 -0400
Subject: Re: [Marxism] The need for a mass united front to oppose U.S. aid to Israel
From: acpollack2 at gmail.com
To: mtomas3 at hotmail.com; marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu

The problems you so accurately describe are why we formed the MENA Solidarity Network-US, and why we are working with like-minded folks around the world. In both cases we're talking majority Arab. These are folks who insist on the unity of these struggles.

In NY the demographics of all Gaza rallies are much more heavily Arab, including many Arab youth who often initiated these rallies, and who are not yet absorbed into the Stalinist/ex-Trotskyist milieu.
As for Minneapolis/St. Paul: we've had great talks with pacifists there who have made the connection from the start, we can talk offline about that if you want.


On Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 10:38 AM, Manuel Barrera via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:


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I have been reading with increased concern that the united actions across the world are not reflected in the U.S. What I have seen so far is some large actions by disparate groups; often the conservative Left who see a dichotomy between the fight to end the Israeli murder and the freedom struggles in the Middle East like Syria and the Kurds, not to mention the ongoing struggle in Egypt and what is happening in Iraq. It seems that there are groups of Syrians and other Arab peoples who are organizing solidarity actions against the Gaza occupation in connection with their own struggles and the largely White Left who distance themselves from Syria and other similar movements.

I am wondering if this state of affairs is counterproductive. Most of the actions I have seen here in Minneapolis/St. Paul are organized by the White Left with a smattering of Palestinians who often play the role of tokens while other speakers are mostly White (WAMM, Maoist-inspired, UNAC and related socialist groups) who find some way to denounce American imperialism and give backhanded or even sometimes overt support the al Assad or Russia as some counter threat to imperialism. It is abysmal and it has made it difficult to attend solidarity actions when I know those actions seem primarily to show these Lefts' "commitment to the struggle" but offering no real opportunity for a mass united front.

There is no need to "explain" this problem or to try to convince me about united front action--I know it pretty well. I am wondering if there is something more concrete that can be done by Marxists of all stripes to build a stronger solidarity movement that includes the forces of the Arab diaspora and the Black and Brown communities? If this question sounds naive to you, don't be fooled. You are only foolling yourselves. This is not a question requiring "schooling" but a question aimed at getting us "off the dime".


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