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Paul Kelemen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088124

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088124.001.0001

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The Labour Party and the Zionist Project

The Labour Party and the Zionist Project

(p.11) 1 The Labour Party and the Zionist Project
The British left and Zionism

Paul Kelemen

Manchester University Press

Throughout the interwar years Poale Zion which represented the labour wing of the Zionist movement assiduously lobbied the British labour movement. Labour Zionists and several of the British Labour Party's colonial experts shared the view that settler colonialism could be a beneficial to the indigenous people. Several British labour movement figures, including Ramsay MacDonald and Herbert Morrison, visited Palestine as guests of the Histadrut, the Zionist trade union federation in Palestine. On their return, they spoke favourably of Zionist labour institutions, depicting them as bringing social progress and modernity to the Middle East. At the end of the Second World War, the Labour Party leadership saw the setting up of a Jewish state both as a recompense to the Jewish people for the Holocaust and as a way to resolve the problem of finding refuge for the displaced Jews of Europe.

Keywords:   Labour Party, colonisation, Nazi persecution, Zionist settlement, Histadrut

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