Akhdut

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Ahdut

الوحدة אחדות
LeaderDirect democracy
Founded2010
NewspaperAlternativa (אלטרנטיבה)
Ideologyanarcho-communism, Anarcha-feminism, anti-zionism, Anti-imperialism
Website
http://www.ahdut.net//

Ahdut (Hebrew:אחדות, translit.: Akhdut, arabic: الوحدة, translit. Al-Wiḥda, lit. Unity) is an Anarcho-Communist organization active in Israel-Palestine, which was established in 2010.[1][2] The organization acts to propagate information and propaganda about Anarchism as a political, economic, and social movement. It is one of several, extremely tiny, Anarcho-Communist organizatoons in Israel, with a total membership of all of the groups estimated to number only in the hundreds.[1]

The organization publishes a magazine called Alternative, dealing with current social issues and also in Anarcho-Communist theory. A new issue is published every couple of month and distributed in hundreds of copies. Beyond that, the organization also organizes the annual May Day parade in Haifa. Furthermore, it works to publish propaganda articles, making books and articles accessible to the Hebrew and Arabic speaking public, weekly marches against the occupation, and self-defense training.[3]

Organizational structure[edit]

The organization has a federative structure. Each member belongs to a local group and participate in its organizational activity. As of today (2016), there are four such groups. The groups, in turn, belong to the national-level federation and convene annually to the all-country convention.

Each activist in the organization may plan and organize events in the organization's name. Each activist – regardless of his or her role in the organization or his or her seniority – has equal organizational and political rights. The final authority in the organization belongs to the Assembly. The Assembly convenes every couple of weeks and is led by a secretary whose job is to organize the Assembly in a regular fashion. However, each and every "Unity" member may convene the assembly. The Assembly's discussions are open to all activists, without an organizational hierarchy. The Assembly is the only body in which resolutions can be passed regarding the organization's finances, adding new members, and other operative resolutions related to all of the organization's members, and thus require the agreement of each and every activist.

Political views[edit]

For general information about Unity's ideas, see Socialism, Communism, Anarcho-Communism, Mikhail Bakunin, Peter Kropotkin

Communism[edit]

As an Anarcho–Communist organization, Unity believes that the strongest social patterns come from the sphere of economics. They support the expropriation of the means of production and their management by the workers themselves in a popular and democratic manner, without a state. The economic system will work without money, profit, or loss, products will not be sold or traded in markets, but rather distributed according to needs, and jobs will be manned according to ability and with cooperation.[4]

Anarchism[edit]

As an anarchist organization, Unity believes that a society must be created where there are no authoritarian or hierarchical mechanisms, and above all else – without a state.[5]


Instead the hierarchical mechanisms they oppose, they wish to create a society based on self-management and having multiple groups in the various areas of life, with cooperation between them. As other anarchist organizations, the organization desires the maximum possible degree of decentralization and confederative management, from the level of local communities to that of the worldwide confederation. The power to make and implement decisions applying to individuals and groups – will not be expropriated from them to be placed in the hands of a representative mechanism of representatives or officials, who decide and set policy for those who appoint them. Any decision will be made with the participation of the people affected by it.

As anarchists, they oppose armies,[6] police, and prisons.

Anti-Zionism[edit]

Unity is an organization combining Jews and Palestinians; its members do not recognize the borders of Israel, which they say were drawn by European imperialism. The organization strongly opposes Zionism[7] and recognizes the Nakba and the Right of Return. The organization supports a radical de-colonization process which will lead to a multi-ethnic anarchist society including both Palestinians and Jews.

Criticism[edit]

One can hear a lot of criticism in regards to the organization Unity, both from left and from right. From the left on can hear oftentimes that Unity is violent, aggressive, unrealistic, extreme and too radical.[8] They claim that change should come from a voluntary will, and not revolution, as Unity wants.

Notes[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Stuart, Hunter (August 2, 2016). "Anarchy in the Jewish State". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  2. "NEW ANARCHO-COMMUNIST ORGANISATION – UNITY".
  3. "self-defense training".
  4. "Interview with Unity/Ahdut from Israel/Palestine".
  5. "חלום על ורד שחור". Haaretz. October 7, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  6. "When anarchism uses violence".
  7. "We oppose zionism as we oppose nazism".
  8. "When anarchism uses violence".

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