Yesterday, prompted by a link Paul Burns provided on my One day that shook the world thread, I did a Google search for reviews of Robert Service’s biography of Trotsky. Not surprisingly, many such reviews were on Trotskyist websites and all the Trotskyist reviews were scathing of Service’s book, including one on the Workers’ Liberty site.
However, what I also found is that the Workers’ Liberty group has broken with what it terms the “absolute anti-Zionist” orthodoxy in which much of the far left is mired, campaigns on the Israel/Palestine issue under the slogan “Israel-Palestine: Two Nations Two States!”, and displays some refreshingly clear and principled thinking about how the Left can best show practical solidarity with the Palestinian national struggle and with progressive and democratic Israelis. Their arguments against calls for a boycott of Israel make particularly interesting reading.
I don’t with to be seen to be endorsing the Workers’ Liberty line on Israel/Palestine chapter and verse. However, those on the Left, and particularly the revolutionary Left, who consider themselves anti-Zionists and may not have found my arguments from 2006 convincing, could do worse than to read and reflect on what Workers’ Liberty has to say.