1988

Appeals by West-Bank Trade Unions

November 10, 1988

The Palestinian working class and its trade-union movement is bearing the brunt of many of the Israeli fascist measures. Eight out of the eleven members of the Executive Committee of the General Federation have been arrested, including the General Secreta­ry, Mahmud Ziadah. More than 50 other members, including members of the Federation’s Council, secretaries of branch unions, members of Administrative Committees and active unionists, have also been arrested.

Appeal on behalf of Women Political Prisoners

November 10, 1988

This English-language appeal, dated 2 November 1988, was sent to Khamsin by the Women’s Organization for Women Political Prisoners, a committee recently set up in Israel, devoted to defending the rights of women political prisoners, both Palestinian and Israeli.

The Struggle in Western Sahara ‒ By Alain Hertzmann

November 10, 1988

The struggle for independence is foremost in the mind of the Polisario. The declared intention of the Polisario is the setting up of an independent, secular, republic, with a multi-party system, where religion is a private matter, and where the status of women will be equal to that of men.

In Defence of Children under Occupation

November 10, 1988

The cases of four Palestinian children, aged 6 to 9, who were arrested by the Israeli army in the occupied West Bank.

Ansar-3 Prisoners’ Call for Closure of “Death Camp”

July 31, 1988

We, thousands of Palestinian detainees, have been thrown by the Israeli authorities into Ansar-3 Detention Centre, without regard to the most rudimentary judicial formalities, including our right to know the charges levelled against us. We are kept in difficult circumstances under the burning desert sun, where the temperature by day reaches 45°C and drops to below freezing at night; in an area teaming with reptiles, insects and rats. But the severity of nature is no match for the cruelty of the soldiers of the Detention Centre, with their arbitrariness and constant brutality and violence.

An Appeal by Women’s Co-Operatives

July 31, 1988

“Our Production Is Our Pride” is a Palestinian women’s development project in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Its aim is to establish women’s co-operatives based on the pro­duction and marketing of Palestinian agricultural products.

Communiques of the Uprising

July 31, 1988

Soon after the eruption of the Palestinian uprising (December 1987), a clandestine United National Leadership (UNL) began to lead, plan and direct the struggle. The UNL has published a series of numbered and dated communiques (bayanat), which have had an important role in mobilizing the masses and directing their struggle. We publish here a full translation of recent communiques: nos 16, 18 and 20, and a summary of no 19.

Michel Khleifi’s “Wedding in Galilee” ‒ film review by Dr Nur-eldeen Masalha

July 31, 1988

While there is certainly a strong point to be made about the human in each Palestinian and Israeli and the significance of emotions and individ­ual desires and needs, it is nonetheless essential to avoid reducing the real conflict to a confused plethora of feelings and sensations. The Palestinian-Zionist/Israeli conflict remains at heart a real political conflict about land, homeland, political identity and national survival.

Voice of the Uprising ‒ Toby Shelley

June 10, 1988

Survey of communiques issued by the leadership of the Palestinian uprising [intifada]: from the degree of popular adherence to the urgings and appeals contained in these documents, it is clear that they are the authentic voice of the masses. Their power, and that of their authors, lies not only in their ability to speak in the name of the PLO and (latterly) to reiterate its positions, but ‒ more crucially ‒ in their intimate connection with the stone-thrower and the striker, a connection embodied in the local Popular Committees.

Appeals by Palestinian Women

June 10, 1988

Palestinian women have played a leading role in the demonstrations, not fearing death but crying out: “Victory or martyrdom, but no to the occupation”. At the same time, women have organized them­selves in relief committees to help the people who suffer during the uprising. They have also put themselves to danger by trying to rescue youths who are being beaten up by Israeli soldiers. As all other Palestinians, Palestinian women have been subjected to beating, imprisonment and martyrdom.

Yesh Gvul Appeal

June 10, 1988

In Hebrew, yesh gvul means “there is a limit”; it also means “there is a border”. A protest group by this name came into being in Israel following the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Its members pledged themselves to refuse to do military service in Lebanon. More recently, during the Palestinian uprising in the occupied territories, the group extended its pledge and it now covers refusal to take part in the Israeli repressions in those territories.

‘Ad-Kan Appeal

June 10, 1988

This letter is on behalf of an organization of faculty members at Tel Aviv University called ‘Ad-Kan (“No Morel”), an ad hoc group formed in response to the extreme gravity of the situation in the occupied territories. While the members of ‘Ad-Kan hold diverse political views, they are united in their commitment to bring an end to the occupation through negotiations with the Palestinians on the basis of mutual recognition and equality.