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 Renewing the Anarchist Tradition 2005 
 in the context of zionism, nationalism, and the Palestinian struggle
 Speech
 Aaron Lakoff
 Aaron  
 For non-profit use only.
A presentation on the Israeli anarchist movement given at the 2005 Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference in Plainfield, Vermont. For more information, www.homemadejam.org/renew
The left wing in Israel is a broad yet divided movement. Socialism in Israel could be at best described as a cruel experiment, resulting in racist laws and land expropriations to build communal farms, or kibbutzim. For a long time, there was never much of an alternative to a Zionist-led leftist movement in Israel.

Then in 2003, anarchism burst into the public scene in Israel, largely due to the direct actions of the Anarchists Against the Wall (AAW). The AAW started out as an ad hoc group of anarchists and anti-authoritarians working against the occupation, and quickly became a significant and not-to-be-ignored force in Israel/Palestine politics. While 2003 was by no means the birth of anarchism in Israel, it did represent a very public awakening to anarchist ideas and anarchist actions.

This presentation examines the AAW, their emergence on the political scene in Israel/Palestine, and the relationship between Israeli anarchism and the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.

-->Aaron is an independent journalist with CKUT radio in Montreal, and a member of Solidarity Across Borders and the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). He travelled to Israel/Palestine in December 2004 with Birthright Israel (a pro-Zionist free tour of Israel for Jewish youth), and then worked for two months with the ISM in the West Bank.

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00:26:35 English 2005-09-25
 Plainfield, VT
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