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The British left and Zionism: History of a divorce

Paul Kelemen


This study examines how the diverse strands of the British left have interpreted the conflict in Palestine. From being overwhelmingly supportive of the Zionist movement's effort to build a Jewish state in Palestine and welcoming Israel's establishment the left, in the main, has become increasingly critical of Israel. The Labour Party, for much of its history, had portrayed Zionist settlement as a social democratic experiment that would benefit both Jews and Arabs. Its leaders turned a blind eye to the Zionist movement's sectarian practices which through its trade union and agricultural co-oper ... More

Keywords: Zionist movement, Palestine, Labour Party, British left, Israel/Palestinian conflict

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719088124
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088124.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Kelemen, author