The Legacy of the Left and Israel: 1967-2017




The panel will discuss the complicated and multi-layered relationship of the European left with Zionism and the State of Israel, examining this broad subject from a historical perspective and shedding light on the different debates on various European countries.


Nick Cohen 

Nick Cohen is a journalist, author and political commentator. He writes for The Observer, The Spectator and many other publications. He is the winner of the 2015 European press prize and the author of  You Can’t Read This Book and What’s Left which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political writing in 2008.


Prof David Feldmann

David Feldman is the Director of the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck, University of London where he also is a Professor of History. He has published widely on the history of Jews, migrants and minorities in British society. In 2016 he was a Vice-Chair of the Shami Chakrabarti Inquiry into antisemitism and other forms of racism in the larbour Party.


Prof Christina Späti

Christina Späti is Associate Professor of Contemporary History at the History at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. She received her PhD in 2003 with a thesis on the Swiss left and its positions on Israel and Zionism between 1967 and 1991. Her research focuses on dealing with the National Socialist past, anti-Zionism, antisemitism and Orientalism, language politics in multilingual states, and 1968 in Western Europe, with a particular emphasis on Switzerland.


Dr Peter Ullrich

Peter Ullrich is a sociologist and head of the research unit Social Movements, Technology, Conflicts at the Centre for Technology and Society and fellow at the Centre for Research on Antisemitism (both Technische Universität Berlin). He is especially interested in public dicourse and debates about antisemitism. Among his (German language) books are The Left, Israel and Palestine (2008) and Germans, Leftists and the Middle East Conflict (2013).


Chair: Dr Daniel Wildmann, Leo Baeck Institute London/Queen Mary University of London


Organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London in collaboration with the German Historical Institute London as part of the Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2016/17. The Panel took place at the German Historical Institute, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ, on 16th of March 2017, at 6.30pm.


To listen to the panel discussion, please click here.


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