spotCampaigns

spotOrganisations

triangleArguments for socialism

spotPeople

spotInternational

spotEvents

spotAround the UK


All keywords


All Arguments for socialism subcategories:

* Arguments for socialism

Capitalism

Globalisation Anticapitalism

Marxism


Arguments for socialism keywords:

Banking crisis (15)

Banks (286)

Clause 4 (1)

Clause four (6)

Consciousness (10)

Democracy (177)

Minimum wage (295)

Nationalisation (199)

New workers parrty (6)

Northern Rock (34)

Party funding (1)

Photographs (4)

Planning (80)

Podcasts (1)

Socialism 2007 (17)

Socialism 2008 (13)

Solidarity Scotland (1)

Solidarity (358)

The Socialist (1018)

Them & Us (24)

Trade union organisation (7)

What we saw (38)

Workers (1348)

Workers press (1)

Working class (804)

Working class


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 1050, 17 July 2019: Stop Boris - general election now

Search site for keywords: Israel - Workers - Working class - State - Police

Interview: protests over killing show potential for workers' struggle in Israel

Mass protests by Ethiopian Israelis also took place in 2015, photo by Lilach Daniel/CC

Mass protests by Ethiopian Israelis also took place in 2015, photo by Lilach Daniel/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Mass protests blocked roads across Israel after the 30 June killing of 19-year-old Ethiopian-Israeli Solomon Tekah by an off-duty cop in the Kiryat Haim area of Haifa, an Israeli port town on the Mediterranean Sea. The Socialist spoke to Eli Yossef, a shop steward in the ancillary section of a hospital in central Israel.

Tension has been building up for a long time, as 15 Ethiopians, many of them children, have been killed since 2003. Nothing was done to the perpetrators.

The murder of this lad - it was horrific. He was shot in the heart, for no reason, by an off-duty policeman.

The policeman claims that his gun discharged accidently. [Solomon's family lawyer, however, says that it "was a murder, not manslaughter."]

Everyone is shocked by the speed that the protests erupted. Within hours, demonstrators were block- ing roads everywhere and the whole country was shut down.

This shows what power the working class has if it is prepared to fight. If this kind of struggle had been organised a few years ago, we could have prevented the privatisation of the country's gas reserves.

At the moment, the struggle does not have clear demands. They want an improvement in the attitude of the state to their community.

In 2015, 40% of the inmates of the main youth detention prison were Ethiopians. But Ethiopians are barely 1.5% of the population.

The Ethiopians do the worst jobs, with the worst conditions. They face racist oppression from the state.

Last week a 17-year-old lad was shot by the police here in Ramla. Not an Ethiopian, but he belonged to the same class. The state uses brutal police repression against the most exploited layers of the working class. Unfortunately, sections of the working class have allowed the ruling class to play the game of 'divide and rule'. At the moment there is a lack of a leadership which can unite the working class.

Inbal Hermoni, leader of the social workers' union, has a good position of supporting the Ethiopian protests. But the Histadruth [trade union federation] should be step- ping in. It should be supporting the protests - not just in words, but also in action.

The capitalists seem strong at the moment. But their system is a gi- ant with clay feet. When we have a fighting leadership which unites the working class, then the ruling class will have a bigger problem.







Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999