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The British left and Zionism

History of a divorce

By Paul Kelemen

The British left and Zionism
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  • ISBN: 9780719088124
  • Publish Date: Sep 2012
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8812-4
    • Pages: 240
    • Price: £80.00
    • Published Date: September 2012

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    The changes and divisions on the left over the Israel-Palestine conflict forms the central theme of this archive based study. While the Labour Party's supported establishing a Jewish state in Palestine, as a modernising force, the communist movement opposed it, on the grounds that it facilitated imperial influence in the Middle East. In 1947, however, the British Communist Party rallied to the Zionist cause, leaving the Palestinian cause with no effective protagonists in Britain. The left's sympathy, at the time, was overwhelmingly with the Israeli state, considering its establishment a recompense to the Jewish people for the Holocaust. It was only after the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, that the new left in Britain began to articulate a critical attitude to Israel and support for Palestinian nationalism. It is a perspective which has gradually gained ground in the political mainstream.

    Reviews

    "Paul Keleman provides many answers in this revelatory and investigative book."

    I found it profoundly illuminating.

    an excellent job in tracing the development of the approach to Zionism on the Left in Britain and his work deserves to be widely read

    'invaluable'

    'It is not often that a book can be classed as indispensable to an understanding of Zionism - the ideology of the movement that established the Israeli state - and its relationship to the left and the labour movement. But The British left and Zionism is one.'
    Tony Greenstein, Weekly Worker, 24th March 2019

    Contents

    Introduction
    1. The Labour Party and the Zionist Project
    2. Zionism and Anglo-Jewry
    3. British Communists and Palestine
    4. Post-war Social Democracy and Israel
    5. The New Left and the Palestinians
    6. A new antisemitism?
    Conclusion
    Bibliography

    Author

    Paul Kelemen is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester

    The British left and Zionism

    By Paul Kelemen

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