Michel Warschawski

Michel Warschawski

Israeli writer, journalist, Trotskyist and anti-Zionist.
Country: Israel

Biography of Michel Warschawski

Michel Warschawski is an Israeli writer, journalist, Trotskyist, and anti-Zionist. He was born in Strasbourg to a family of rabbis who had fled from Poland. At the age of 19, he moved to Jerusalem and became a student at the Hebrew University. In 1968, he joined the ultraleft group "Matzpen" and became a prominent leader in the Jerusalem organization following the group's split in 1972. The Jerusalem organization later adopted the name Revolutionary Communist League and became the Israeli section of the Fourth International.

Warschawski has been actively involved in the civil rights movement and played a key role in the creation of the Committee in Solidarity with Birzeit University in the early 1980s. The committee organized public meetings, press conferences, demonstrations, art exhibitions, and more. He also became one of the leaders of the Committee against the "Iron Fist" alongside the renowned Palestinian politician Faisal Husseini.

Following Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982, Warschawski participated in the establishment of the "Yesh Gvul" (There is a Limit) movement. He was arrested for protesting against Israel's actions and was imprisoned for two months. In 1984, Warschawski co-founded the Alternative Information Center (AIC), an organization focused on studying and analyzing the situation in Israel and Palestine. The AIC aimed to make information accessible to people on both sides of the border, allowing Arabs to learn about Israel and Jews to learn about the Palestinian reality.

In 1987, Warschawski was arrested and sentenced to three years in prison on charges of collaborating with illegal Palestinian organizations. However, the AIC resumed its activities in 1995.

In 2006, Warschawski ran for the Knesset as part of the National Democratic Alliance list. He regularly contributes articles to publications such as "International Viewpoint," "Le Monde diplomatique," "Z Communications," and "Monthly Review," among others.

Warschawski is married to lawyer Lea Tsemel and is the father of two sons and a daughter.