In 1962, a small number of people left the Communist party in Israel and formed the group originally called the Israeli Socialist Organisation. A brave step, the group defined itself as anti-Zionist and anti-capitalist and as a result, was highly detested and criticized. Standing against the ’67 occupation and Zionism in general, the group faced isolation and outsider status because of their nonconformist views.
The Israel Socialist Organization is more commonly known as Matzpen, also the name of the organization’s newspaper when it was founded. Though Matzpen has always been a very small organisation (never any more than a few dozen members), the group was deemed dangerous to the Israeli political and social agenda in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 2003, a film was made about the group titled, “Matzpen: Anti-Zionist Israelis,” covering the Zionist-Palestine struggle.
The film will be showing in London this september 29th, Wednesday, by the Palestine Action Group, a group focused on supporting the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination. The group is against the continued occupation of Palestine and is taking steps toward a mass movement in support of Palestine.
The Palestine Action group has been showing films as well as holding educational meetings on the Israel-Palestine conflict. A great place to learn more about the Israeli occupation of Palestine, there will be time for questions and discussions will follow the screening.
Information: The screening will be held on 29 September 2010 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at The Compass, 58 Penton Street, London, United Kingdom N1 9PZ.