Event: Revival of the Communal and Cooperative Idea in Israeli

Discussion with Danny Gavron

This Wednesday 30 May I will be pleased to host British-born Israeli author and journalist Danny Gavron at City Hall for a discussion on the revival of the communal and cooperative idea in Israel, which has become part of a powerful protest movement.

The news from Israel regarding the communal scene in the last decade is that the famous Kibbutz Movement is perceived as largely dead. Yet the recent protest movement shows that the idea of the communal is making a comeback.

Out of the public glare, young leftwing children of the kibbutz have joined allies from around Israel to form urban communes and small town kibbutzim. Whereas the traditional kibbutz was a rural village, these new communes are located in the poorest areas of Israeli towns and carry out educational and social work for the weakest sectors of society. They now number more than a hundred communes and counting, with some two thousand members. They are responsible for a new cooperative sector that includes the establishment of a trade union movement which has already unionized workers in low-wage sectors. These new kibbutzim and the movement around them represent an unexpected revival of the communal egalitarian ideal in Israel.

The huge protest movements last summer demanding social justice and protesting Israel’s march to capitalism of recent years were largely led by these communes and by others in touch with them. Yet it remains unclear if these actions will be renewed this year. Additionally, the movement has not yet tackled the Israeli-Palestinian question, which is so vital for both Israelis and Palestinians.

Danny will discuss this movement and what it means for Israeli, the Israel / Palestine question, and what lessons we can bring to the UK.

Danny is a British-born Israeli who has worked for Israel Radio, the Jerusalem Post, and as managing editor of the Palestine-Israel Journal. With two Arab co-authors, he wrote Peace pays: Palestinians, Israelis, and the regional economy, and has published numerous other books on Israel & Jewish history and the Israel / Palestine question. He has also worked with many NGOs.

The event will be free and open to the public but RSVP is essential. The evening will also include a short tour of City Hall and a glass of wine.

Revival of the Communal and Cooperative Idea in Israeli: discussion with Danny Gavron
Date: Wednesday 30th May – 19.00 to 20.30
Venue: Committee Room 3 (ground floor), City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA
RSVP essential. RSVP to Alex Csicsek at alex.csicsek@london.gov.uk

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About nickygavron

Former Deputy Mayor for London, London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and Labour Spokesperson for Planning
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