Some of my friends asked why as a self declared anarchist, would not only step into a voting booth and vote, but also actively support a political party. I still hold a great fascination of anarchism in theory but also great frustration in practice. Clearly voting will not lead to radical change (especially in these elections) but neither does non-voting unless there are masses of non voters and pressure from bellow. Of course we should be creating that mass pressure — a social movement based on solidarity and direct action, but as long as this is not created – nonvoting is a blank political act.
I still sincerely believe that voting only allows a certain amount of change, yet never addresses that which really needs changing most: the idea of nation states, power and hierarchy and the core of Capitalism. We cannot bring forth drastic fundamental change in land, wealth, and resource distribution through elections. The fundamentals of the state will stay the same. But in these times of horrible war crimes, great financial insecurity, and in a society where fear and racism replaced reason, we have to open mindedly look if there is a choice worth making, whether the effect of voting is significant enough so it is worth the time and effort.
I believe Hadash/Aljabha – An acronym for “The Democratic Front for Peace and Equality”, is definitely worth the effort (is going to the poll really an effort?) and the small changes it can bring, until we destroy all states, is worth my support. In addition in these times of great racism and anti Arab sentiments, and since racism and segregation is one of biggest threats to the Israeli society these days, the symbolic act of voting for Hadash is of great importance.
A few reasons to vote for Hadash:
- The Palestinian-Jewish partnership is the only hope for a future in this region. Hadash is the only real Arab-Israeli party. There are none-Jews on other parties, but Hadash is the only one that has an equal partnership between Arabs and Jews on every level of the party.
- Hadash has the most progressive agenda of any political party in Israel, socially, environmentally, on labor rights, women’s rights on students and old people.
- Dov Hanin, I really like this guy. KM Hanin was the only Jewish parliament member to speak against the onslaught on Gaza from the very first day. He also did the same during the Lebanon war.
- Hadash as a party where out in the streets with the people protesting the war.
- Hadash is a Socialist-Democratic party, the only one in the Knesset.
Sure Hadash is a political party, and it is not perfect, by any mean. Sometimes it seems to me to be a little too Arab nationalist, the inner democracy of the party is very problematic and I’m still quite suspicious of communists. Their clear stand for a two state solution is also problematic when I think a one-state/no state solution should be more the direction we should be going, however, there is no political movement yet with any weight talking about these solutions and a two state solutions is still much better than the current state of occupation and growing apartheid.
So, for these difficult times and the challenges we have in the future, I believe that Hadash provides the best solutions.