Punk in Israel, research report


This 2016 music video says about itself:

Breaking The Cultural Curfew – Israeli Hardcore Punk Compilation (1995)

00:00 1. Public Domain – Working Class 00:50 2. Kuku Bloff – Bat Sheva 03:46 3. Rampage – The Thrasher in You 05:10 4. 911 Pigs – Skate 07:28 5. Useless ID – Is it Right 09:50 6. Nekhei Naatza – Concentration Camps for Northeners

On 17 December 2020, on the USA day of the Punk Scholars Conference on the Internet, Zack Furness, assistant professor Penn State University (Allegheny), read a paper on punk in Israel; on which this blog post is based. Called “Israeli Punk and Radical Politics in the 90s”. He is the editor of Punkademics (2012). He spent the better part of two decades playing in punk bands, most recently in Barons (Pittsburgh).

Punk in Israel started a bit haltingly. In the 1980s, there was the band Cholera.

This music video says about itself:

Cholera, early 80’s punk from Jerusalem, Israel. Recorded rehearsals from 1982-1983. Released in 2012 on HCB Records

There was a club, the Penguin Club in Tel Aviv, where punk records were played, but where no bands played. It still exists, but has gone commercial disco.

Avi Pitchon became active. He was a fan of British band Crass, and also as a critic of the treatment of Palestinian people.

In the 1990s, punk became a relatively big movement. Among hardcore bands, there were straight edgers Public Domain, founded in 1992.

Punks are active in objecting to military service, for animal rights and other causes.

Just before 1990, there were few anarchists in Israel. Now, most anarchists are punks. Zionist left parties hardly reacted to the punk movement. The communist party made it possible for punk bands to play in their Left Bank building.

Among children of immigrants from Russia, the punk scene is somewhat separate from other Israelis.

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