Khamsin – An Anthology (1976-1983): FORBIDDEN AGENDAS: Intolerance and Defiance in the Middle East


About Khamsin

Selected and Introduced by Jon Rothscild
Al Saqi Books, 1984, Distributed by Zed Press

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Women

Civil War in Lebanon

  • In the Maelstrom of Confessionalism – by Nada Kadir

Religion

To Live Together ‒ a Dialogue between Said Hammami and Moshé Machover

October 1, 1984

Whatever may be said about Hammami’s political views on particular points, there is no denying the non-sectarianism of his attitude to the Israeli Jewish population: he recognizes that they constitute a nationality just as much as the Palestinian Arabs, and that they, too, are entitled to national right in Palestine. To hear a Palestinian spokesman say this was not necessarily congenial to fanatics on both sides.

The Lebanese communities and their little wars – Magida Salman

July 10, 1983

Will the election of Arnin Gemayel as president of ‘all of Lebanon’ finally put an end to the ghastly pageant of civil war in that country? Many Lebanese hope so, but their desires are as mangled and bewildering as were their heroes of yesterday – or their martyrs

Class divisions in Israeli society – Emmanuel Farjoun

July 10, 1983

The political allegiance of Israel’s Oriental Jews to the Likkud, and their rejection of Labour, are firmly rooted in the history and class structure of Israeli society.

The Oriental support for Begin – Avishai Ehrlich

July 10, 1983

A critique of Farjoun’s Class divisions in Israeli society.

The rise of Islam: What did happen to women? – Azar Tabari

July 10, 1983

This article was written several years ago, as a discussion paper… I believe that some of what it contains may still serve as a starting point for further discussion and clarification.

Orientalism and Orientalism in Reverse – Sadik Jalal al-‘Azm

July 10, 1981

On Edward Said’s Orientalism, and Orientalism in reverse

Why the Reversion to Islamic Archaism? Lafif Lakhdar

July 10, 1981

In order to gain a critical understanding of the persistence of Islamic archaism and all its paraphernalia, one must approach it through the logic of its own history, as well as that of the Arabo-Muslim bourgeoisie of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Religion, zionism and secularism – Ehud Ein-Gil

July 10, 1981

The political contradiction between zionism and secularism is the basic reason for the power of religion and its influence on the minds of most Israeli Jews; it is also one reason why the Secular Movement cannot become a mass movement.

Eli Lobel

July 10, 1980

Khamsin is bereaved. Eli Lobel, editor and founder of our journal, has died tragically on Thursday, October 4th 1979. The life-story of this outstanding revolutionary socialist and great internationalist is, in more than one way, the story of a whole generation, the tragedies and noble struggles of a whole epoch.

Palestinian Workers: Introduction – Emmanuel Farajun

July 10, 1980

Introduction – Palestinian Workers, A Reserve Army of Labour in the Israeli Economy, by Emmanuel Farajun, Tel Aviv, July 1979. Originally published in Hebrew May 1978.

Palestinian Workers: The Arab working class – Emmanuel Farajun

July 10, 1980

Chapter-1: The Arab working class – Palestinian Workers, A Reserve Army of Labour in the Israeli Economy, by Emmanuel Farajun, Tel Aviv, July 1979. Originally published in Hebrew May 1978.

Palestinian Workers: The division of the Arab labour force – Emmanuel Farajun

July 10, 1980

Chapter-2: The division of the Arab labour force between occupations and enterprises – Palestinian Workers, A Reserve Army of Labour in the Israeli Economy, by Emmanuel Farajun, Tel Aviv, July 1979. Originally published in Hebrew May 1978.

Palestinian Workers: Mobility – Emmanuel Farajun

July 10, 1980

Chapter-3: Mobility – Palestinian Workers, A Reserve Army of Labour in the Israeli Economy, by Emmanuel Farajun, Tel Aviv, July 1979. Originally published in Hebrew May 1978.

Women and politics in Lebanon – Yolla Polity Sharara

October 10, 1978

Article by a Lebanese woman describing the position of women in both Muslim and Christian communities as the country slid into civil war.

Changes in Palestinian society – Ehud Ein Gil and Aryeh Finkelstein

October 10, 1978

A look at the changes in Palestinian society since the beginning of zionist expansion in the region and its affect on the position of women.

Arab Women – Magida Salman

October 10, 1978

Legislation dealing with marriage, divorce, and the status of women (inferior in all cases) is still based on, or directly inspired by, Koranic law in all the Arab-Islamic states. What role is played by Islam, what is its influence, and how is it used in the oppression of Arab women.

Ideology without revolution: Jewish women in Israel – Dina Hecht and Nira Yuval-Davis

October 10, 1978

The myth of the supposed liberation and equality of Israeli women, while perhaps gratifying a deep-seated need for feminists in search of identity, cajoles most Israeli women into a state of spirited resignation – content with a public image that bears little or no resemblance to their actual situation.

Zionism and its Oriental subjects – Raphael Shapiro

July 10, 1978

The Oriental Jews in Zionism’s dialectical contradictions.

Oriental Jews in Israel­: Collective schizophrenia – A. Hoder

July 10, 1978

Who are the Oriental Jews, how do they perceive themselves, the Ashkenazi Jews, the Arabs and the Palestinians? There are no simple answers…