Khamsin no.5 (1978): Oriental Jewry

What is Khamsin?

July 10, 1978

Khamsin is a journal by revolutionary socialists of the Middle East. It is also for them, and for socialists in other countries who are interested in that part of the world.

Zionism and its Oriental subjects – Raphael Shapiro

July 10, 1978

The Oriental Jews in Zionism’s dialectical contradictions.

Egyptian Jewry, why it declined – Ya’acoub Daoud Eskandarany

July 10, 1978

Jews who lived in Egypt for 2,000 years, held important positions in the civil service, were rarely exposed to racial persecution and spoke the language of the people…Yet, in Egypt as elsewhere in the Mashreq, the Jewish population, with rare exceptions, has left the country. Why?

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…

Book review: Ethnic relations in Israel – Nira Yuval-Davis

July 10, 1978

Within the limitations inherent in his ideological and theoretical approach, the author attempts to give a comprehensive picture of ethnic relations in Israel.

Oriental Jewry: Annotated bibliography – Avishai Ehrlich

July 10, 1978

During the last decade a plethora of books devoted to the subject of Oriental Jewry has been published in Israel or by Israeli authors. The following list, compiled and annotated by Avishai Ehrlich, is only par­tial.

The development of class struggle in Egypt – Lafif Lakhdar

July 10, 1978

The failure of the Egyptian bourgeoisie, and the process of emancipation within the consciousness of the Egyptian proletariat – we try to throw light on the history and potentialities of these two phenomena.

The crisis in Israel, danger of Fascism? – Avishai Ehrlich

July 10, 1978

The roots of the internal crisis which led to the replacement of the Labour government in May 1977, by the Likud/Religious Party Coalition led by Menachem Begin.

The ideological divide in the Palestinian Resistance Movement – M. Ja’afar

July 10, 1978

Critical assessment of the two mainstream currents inside the Palestinian Resistance Movement.

Public statement on Sadat’s visit

July 10, 1978

published on 19 November 1977 by the Socialist Organization in Israel (Matzpen), jointly with Harakat Abna’ al-Balad (Sons of the Village Movement), The Revolutionary Communist League, and the editorial board of Key. Issued in Umm al-Fahm, Israel.

On the Sadat spectacle – Thus only!

July 10, 1978

Declaration of the Socialist Organization in Israel (Matzpen), Published as an advertisement in Ha’aretz, 27 December 1977.