The Marxist/Muslim alliance is not new, it has been brewing since the 1920s.
Even in New Zealand it has been a feature of the local radical scene since at least the early ’80s.
Probably the longest lived leftist/Islamic solidarity group in NZ has been the Wellington Palestine Group.
Prominent members during that time have included;
Alick Shaw In 1982, the future deputy mayor of Wellington was a member of the Workers Communist League and the Wellington Palestine Group. Shaw spoke at a forum organised by the Maoist Victoria University Progrressive Students Association on the “Day of Land” on the Palestinian struggle.
Shirleen Casey Named in a 1981 Security Intelligence report as a probable member of the Workers Communist League and a member of the Wellington Palestine support group.
In 1987 Casey visited the Palestinian Union of Womens Committees and the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees. In August 1988 she attended the 4th Palestine Conference at Te Rau-Oriwa Marae, Christchurch.
Eileen Cassidy Named in a 1981 Security Intelligence report as a probable member of the Workers Communist League and a member of Wellington Palestine support group. Her daughter Lindy was a confirmed member of the WCL’s predecessor, the Wellington Marxist-Leninist Organisation.
In August 1990 Cassidy wrote two articles in the SUP’s “Tribune”, one on the WPG and one entitled “Israel fuels war in the Horn of Africa.”
On 26th April 2000, this ad appeared in a wellington publication – “something to celebrate? Israeli diplomats have invited NZ politicians and various ‘notables’ to celebrate the 53rd anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. The Wellington Palestine Support Group and other ‘notables’ will be presenting an alternative viewpoint, join them from 12 noon to 2pm, outside the James Cook Centra Hotel, 153 The Terrace. For more information contact Eileen Cassidy, tel…. ”
Jan Farr A confirmed member of WPG in the early ’90s. In the late 80s, Farr was a member of the pro-Soviet Socialist Unity Party’s Central Committee and Commission on Peace and Solidarity. She also edited the party’s newspaper “Tribune” from the early ’80s until 1993.
In October 1990 Oct 8, Farr an wrote article in Tribune “Why Did Mike Moore turn down PLO offer?”, on the Gulf crisis. “The United States has been sabre rattling since the crisis began. It says much for Saddam Hussein’s restraint that we are not now involved in a full scale chemical war in the Middle East.”
Nadia El Maroufi An Invercargill raised Palestinian. El Maroufi was educated at Otago and Canterbury universities where she was active in Palestinian solidarity work.
She spent some time in Palestine supporting the cause and during the late ’90s was active in the WPG.
Serena Moran In 1997, Moran was one 75 people arrested after a student protest in the grounds of parliament. In September 2000 she was one of 8 Wellingtonians arrested at an anti capitalism protest in Cuba Street.
In 2006 she was a confirmed member of the WPG.
Tali Williams In 1998 Williams was on the executive of the Marxist controlled UNITE union. She was also active in the National Youth Network, the junior wing of Sue Bradford’s People’s Network.
In September 2000, Williams was one of 8 Wellingtonians arrested at an anti capitalism protest in Cuba Street.
In March this year, Williams, representing the WPG spoke at a demonstration in Wellington where she linked the situations in Palestine and in Iraq.
Omar Khamoun A Wellington taxi-driver and WPG spokesman.
In April this year he signed a , condemning the stereotyping of Muslims in NZ.
He claims to be a cousin of Hassan Kemmoun allegedly a member of the Marxist North African organisation Party for Democracy and Socialism (PADS).