Israel and the European Left: Between Solidarity and by Colin Shindler

By Colin Shindler

Why has the ecu Left turn into so hostile in the direction of Israel? to respond to this query, Colin Shindler appears on the fight among Marxism-Leninism and Zionism from the October Revolution to today.
Is such antagonism towards the regulations of successive Israeli governments? Or, is it as a result of a resurgence of anti-Semitism? the answer's way more complicated. Shindler argues that the hot new release of the ecu Left was once extra prompted via the decolonization circulate than by means of wartime reports, which led it to prefer the Palestinian reason within the put up 1967 interval. hence the Israeli force to settle the West financial institution after the Six Day struggle more suitable an already present perspective, yet didn't reason it.
 Written by way of a revered pupil, this available and balanced paintings offers a singular account and analytical method of this crucial topic. Israel and the ecu Left will curiosity scholars in foreign politics, center japanese experiences, in addition to an individual who seeks to appreciate matters concerning today's Left and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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All this is beyond question. But how can it 30 ISRAEL AND THE EUROPEAN LEFT be seriously maintained that petrified religious rites and fading psychological relics affect the ‘destiny’ of these Jews more powerfully than the living social, economic and cultural environment that surrounds them? And it is only on this assumption that it is possible to speak of the Jews as a single nation at all. 37 While these comments of Stalin – and of Lenin – bore unmistakable testimony to their lack of understanding about the inner life of Jews, they paled into insignificance with the preoccupation of ensuring the success of the October Revolution in 1917 and the stability of the new regime.

Admitting that he himself did not know Hebrew, Naquet argued that as the Jews no longer had a common language and territory, it followed that the Jews were certainly not a nation. In his article, Naquet placed anti- Semitism alongside Zionism in that the adherents of both regarded the Jews as a nation and wanted to see an exodus from French shores. Naquet also took issue with Edouard Drumont, the founder of the Anti- Semitic League of France and editor of La Libre Parole, who wanted Jews excluded from French society.

In another essay in 1901, Syrkin ridiculed the notion in some Marxist circles that Zionism sprang from the desire of the Jewish middle class to find new spheres for capitalist exploitation. He commented that ‘such an explanation of this remarkable movement is crude and naive’. 36 He argued that Zionism arose from the consciousness of the Jewish masses that their economic situation had been destroyed and from their desire for a better life. Yet Lenin never made any attempt to challenge the ideas of Nachman Syrkin or even to mention his name.

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