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Inside the Radical Left

By Tsvi Sadan |
ANGER AND ANARCHY Israel’s extreme Left sees Zionism as a racist ideology that must be eradicated Photo: Miriam Alster/Flash90

One thing unites the extreme Israeli Left with its many stripes—the belief that Zionism is a colonialist racist ideology that must be eradicated. The very notion of a “Chosen People” living in a chosen land is a severe affront to these people.


The difference between the various leftist groups, therefore, is a matter of emphasis, not substance. Groups like Anarchists Against the Wall are kind of neo-Bolshevists who think anarchy is the way forward. Others, like Peace Now, think “occupation” turns Israelis into fascists. Whatever form they take, hate for Israel is their unmistakable mark.


The little-known local magazine Maayan (Spring) is published by one of these groups. Its emphasis is on the intellectual, and it attracts young Tel Aviv poets, writers and philosophers who detest Jewish Israel. A supplemental publication called New&Bad Magazine focuses on works of art, particularly pieces that fit...

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