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SHASI – Israeli Socialist Left

The Split in Siah

At a certain stage in the development of SIAH, a part of its membership chose to return to the arena of electoral politics. Their efforts found expression in the establishment of the Socialist-Zionist formations, "Moked" and afterwards, Sheli.

SHASI, on the other hand was formed on the basis that Socialist-Zionism had exhausted itself as a -"progressive-revolutionary force" (if it ever had really been such a force).
Here and abroad, important lessons were learned from the experience of the new left: Without serious theoretical foundations, and without a democratic organizational framework, the left will be unable to meet the challenges it faces. The spontaneity and the innovations of the new left were important, but the lack of theory and organization proved to be the Achilles' heel of the new left.

SHASI – Basic Principles

SHASI is an Israeli revolutionary political movement formed in the early 70's dedicated to the achievement of peace, to the struggle for the interests of the working public and to national, ethnic and sexual equality.

SHASI sees the struggle for peace as an essential component in the struggle for peace, Socialism and social justice in Israel, and in the entire region. In our view, the solution to the conflict should be based on the recognition of the right to self-determination of all peoples. Specifically, we recognize the right of the Palestinian Arab people to a state of their own, side-by-side to the State of Israel, in the areas occupied in the 1967 war, and the recognition of the PLO as the representative of the Palestinians. The path is not easy. The major opponents of a peaceful solution to the conflict are the governments of Israel and the U.S. Their opposition is based on economic and strategic considerations, both local and world-wide.

SHASI strives constantly to broaden the circle of solidarity and to overcome the divisions that weakens the left and the peace camp. The unity of these forces is an essential stage in the creation of a Jewish-Arab revolutionary socialist party that will serve the needs of both peoples in their joint struggle for peace, freedom and equality.

SHASI's agenda calls for:
-Formation of an independent political line in an effort to analyze and interpret Israeli reality and to map out paths of action.
-Broadening the theoretical foundations designed to serve as the base for a new platform for the revolutionary socialist left in Israel.
-Active and constant participation in protest movements against the policies of the government and for furthering the cause of peace.

To view "Smol" the Shasi periodical, click here or enter the Periodical Collection.


This collection contains about 800 items. The material includes press clippings and photographs, material authored by Shasi members - including meeting protocols, leaflets and organizational documents.
The archive language is English, while the items may be in Hebrew, English or Arabic.

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