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
Third lecture in the series:
Dr Michel Dreyfus (University of Paris)
Two Lefts in France: Divisions over Zionism and Israel
6.30pm, 26th January 2017
The Balfour Declaration (1917) boosted Zionism in France. Although the movement enjoyed the support of the Socialists in the inter-war period, it was denounced by the Communist Party (CP) and the ultra-left. The creation of the State of Israel marked the beginning of a new era. While support for Israel grew strongly among French socialists from 1954 due to their opposition to Nasser’s politics in Algeria, the CP took a more critical stance. Post 1967 changes in the French-Israeli relationship left the left sharply divided: While the Socialists continue to support Israel unconditionally, the CP backs the Arab countries. This vigorous debate continues until today.
Michel Dreyfus is a Historian and Research Director at the CNRS (Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle-Université de Paris 1). He has written about the Dreyfus Affair and published numerous books on the history of the French and the international labour movements. His work L’antisémitisme à gauche. Histoire d’un paradoxe (1830-2009) appeared in 2009 (2nd ed. 2011).
Lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ and begin at 6.30pm.
Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London (email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7882 5690).
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