The Legacy of the Left and Israel: 1967-2017
A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.
This season´s topic intends to discuss the complicated and multi-layered relationship of the European Left with Zionism and the State of Israel. We will examine this broad subject from a historical perspective and will shed light on the different debates in various European countries.
For more information on this lecture series please refer to our leaflet here
First lecture in the series:
Dr Brian Klug (University of Oxford)
Denouncing Israel: Anti-colonialism or Antisemitism on the British Left?
6.30pm, 24th November 2016
A significant part of the British left, especially since the June 1967 war, tends to denounce Israel as a state and Zionism as an idea. Ostensibly, these attitudes are grounded in the anti-colonialism and anti-racism which have been staple causes for the British left since the sun began to set on the Empire. These grounds, however, are called into question by those who detect the hidden hand of antisemitism at work. The lecture will examine key concepts and arguments in this controversy, seeking to bring the issues into sharper focus.
Brian Klug is Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford, a member of the faculty of philosophy at the University of Oxford, and Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton. His most recent books are Words of Fire: Selected Essays of Ahad Ha’am (2015),Being Jewish and Doing Justice (2011) and Offence: The Jewish Case (2009).
Lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ and begin at 6.30pm.
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