The urban Kibbutz is a way of life from Jewish culture, promoted by persons who think it is relevant, both within and outside that culture.
However, the fact that the kibbutz first, and then the urban kibbutz, were born from Jewish culture and appears to be socially and culturally fruitful in Israel, motivates to move away from the clichés, generated by, among other factors, the current misinformation.
This continuing misinformation related to the State of Israel, is trapping too many Jews and non-Jews in their understanding of Israel and preventing them from getting to its originalities, innovations and ethics in action.
The State of Israel, like all democratic states, is not a perfect state, blameless in every way.
However, to believe that the State of Israel is a paradigm of conquering and racist generalized practices, if not apartheid, is a false and slanderous idea.
The urban kibbutz, for its part, is already showing another Israeli reality, concerned with socio-cultural diversity, respect for minorities, social justice and universalism, values which are at the root of the thousand-year old Jewish culture, contrary to common beliefs.
And the kibbutz exists to date and the urban kibbutz keeps on growing for 30 years.
This associative way of life coexists with many other Israeli realities upholding similar values that the French media surprisingly hardly ever talk about, despite their often innovative and humanly encouraging socio-cultural aspect.
Let’s hope that our associative initiative will participate in the necessary re-information work regarding the reality of the Israeli experience.
Besides, the philosophical roots of kibbutz, whether urban or not, lie into universalist authors who like Marx, Moses Hess or Kropotkin wanted contrast the association of workers to the market logic inherent in the wage-earning system.
In fact, the wage-earning system is built on the fact that individuals who are disconnected from each other sell their labor force in a competitive market of the same name. Hence the transformation of work into commodities.
It is against such a process that the urban kibbutz finds its universal purpose: the Kibbutz urban will recreate links of solidarity, exchange and communication, outside the workplace and submit production to the communities thus created, and not the contrary, that is to say, the submission of consumers to market products motivated by the sole rule of profit.
Thus the urban kibbutz could interest everyone as it is open to everyone!