DSA International Committee
Middle East + Africa Working Group
How Should Socialists Understand the Israeli Election?
On October 6, 2019, the Middle East + Africa Working Group of DSA’s International Committee hosted an online event for understanding the recent Israeli elections and what their implications are in Israel, Palestine, and the United States. Basma Fahoum, Haggai Matar and Osamah Khalil presented, and the event was moderated by Joel Beinin.
Basma has a master’s degree in culture research from Tel Aviv University. She is currently a PhD candidate at Stanford University, working on the history of commercial tobacco cultivation in Palestine in the late Ottoman and British Mandatory periods, as well as in Israel. She serves as a co-editor of the Social History Workshop which is published on Haaretz’s website. Basma is a member of Academia for Equality, an organization promoting an equal, accessible, and demilitarized education in Israel and the OPTs. She was for several years an activist with the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, one of the components of the Joint List.
Haggai Matar is an Israeli journalist and political activist. Haggai is the Executive Director of 972 – Advancement of Citizen Journalism, an Israeli nonprofit committed to democracy, social justice, freedom of information and ending the Israeli occupation. The nonprofit publishes two independent media outlets: +972 Magazine, operating in English since 2010, and Local Call, operating in Hebrew since 2014, and co-published with Just Vision.
Haggai is an award-winning journalist and political activist. Before his current position he was a co-founding editor of Local Call, a blogger on +972 Magazine, and had written for Ha’aretz, The Forward and other outlets. Haggai is also a board member of the Journalists’ Union in Israel, and was head of the Ma’ariv Journalists’ Committee.
In 2002, Haggai was imprisoned for two years for refusing Israeli military conscription. Since then, he has been active in various anti-occupation organizations, labor unions, educational activities and initiatives for peace, equality and social justice in Israel-Palestine.
Osamah Khalil is an Associate Professor of History at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Khalil is the author of America’s Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State (Harvard University Press, 2016) and editor of United States Relations with China and Iran: Toward the Asian Century (Bloomsbury, 2019). He has been a frequent media commentator and contributor, including for the Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, The National, Al Akhbar, and Al Jazeera.
Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, Emeritus at Stanford University. From 2006 to 2008 he served as Director of Middle East Studies at the American University in Cairo. In 2002 he served as president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.
Beinin is a member of the Portland, OR, DSA chapter.