[Intro by Bob: I am pleased to publish a guest post by Michael Ezra, who more regularly publishes at Harry's Place, where he is best known for his "From the Valuts" series. This particular blast from the past obviously resonates with some of the themes we focus on here.]
This is a Guest Post by Michael Ezra
Below I enclose the full text of an undated leaflet by a group calling itself “Jews Against the War in Vietnam.” I suspect it dates from at some point between 1969 and 1972. What is interesting is that the address of the group, published at the bottom of the leaflet, is exactly the same address as that of the UK branch of Mapam, the socialist Zionist Israeli political party.
VIETNAM AND THE MIDDLE EAST
THE ISRAEL LEFT SUPPORTS:
(i) the struggle for freedom and self-determination of the peoples of Vietnam
(ii) The withdrawal of foreign armed forces from Vietnam and an end to Great Power interference.
(iii) Victory for the National Liberation Front.
NORTH VIETNAM SAYS
“The Government of North Vietnam acknowledges the right to existence of the State of Israel and the necessity of peace in the Middle East based on the rights to self determination of all the peoples in the region”.
Declaration of Mr. Tram Ding Dung, Representative in Paris of North Vietnam, to the Chairman of the Israeli Committee for Peace in the Middle East.
WE call on the British Left to SUPPORT:
A SETTLEMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST JUST AS THEY SUPPORT ONE IN VIETNAM.
(i)To support negotiations between the conflicting sides, in order to achieve a just and lasting peace. Such a peace to include a solution of the tragic Arab refugee problem and to ensure secure and recognised borders for all States in the region.
TO OPPOSE Reactionary Elements on both sides.
(i)In Israel those demanding annexation of all territory occupied in the 1967 war.
(ii)The Arab terrorists groups who are diverting the attention of the Arab masses from the real struggle for Socialism in their countries.
LET THE GREAT POWERS CEASE THEIR INTERFERENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST!
LET THE PEOPLES OF THE MIDDLE EAST NEGOTIATE AND DECIDE THEIR OWN FUTURE!