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Matan Kaminer

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Dispatch from a Left on the Defensive

[A bloodied man in Shuja-iyya, Palestine. Image by محمد الفلسطيني.]

In a settler-colonial society that continues to be structured around the effort to displace and dispossess the indigenous inhabitants of the country, can there be a left? Commitment to basic left principles of freedom and equality would set “left-wing colonizers” against the majority within their own societies – including the poor, marginalized ethnic groups, and women, obviating the classical left strategies which aim to mobilize this majority against economic and political ...

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On the Current Conjuncture in Israel

[A sign at the mass rally in Tel Aviv on August 6. The Arabic text reads

Many progressives around the world have been wondering out loud about what exactly has been going on here for the last month. Who are the unprecedented crowds taking to the streets in the name of "the people" (ha'am), demanding "social justice" (tzedek hevrati), and what exactly do they want? Is there any connection to the ongoing occupation and oppression of the Palestinians? And if not, can the protests be at all justified? In order to achieve true ...

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Bio

Matan Kaminer

 

Matan Kaminer is an Israeli activist with experience in the conscientious objection movement, Tel Aviv municipal politics, and migrant and refugee solidarity work. He is currently a doctoral student in cultural anthropology at the University of Michigan.