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The historical roots of contemporary anti-Zionism

The historical roots of contemporary anti-Zionism

Prof. Anita Shapira, Prof. Jeffrey C. Herf

We saw how the main type of anti-Zionism that emanates from the Far-left today diverges radically from rational or legitimate criticism of Israeli policy as well as from an ideological disagreement with the tenets of the Zionist movement.

What are the historical roots of this form of anti-Zionism?

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  • Brent, Jonathan and ‎Vladimir P. Naumov, Stalin’s Last Crime: The Plot Against the Jewish Doctors, 1948-1953 (New York: HarperCollins, 2003).

  • Herf, Jeffrey, “The Anti-Zionist Bridge: The East German Communist Contribution to Antisemitism’s Revival After the Holocaust,” Antisemitism Studies, vol. 1, no. 1 (Spring 2017), pp. 130 – 136.

  • Pinkus, Benjamin, The Soviet Government and the Jews, 1948-1967: A Documented Study (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984).

  • Ro’i, Yaacov, Soviet Decision Making in Practice: The USSR and Israel, 1947-1954 (New Brunswick: Transaction Books, 1980).

  • Rubenstein, Joshua and Vladimir P. Naumov, Stalin’s Secret Pogrom: The Postwar Inquisition of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001).

  • Veidlinger, Jeffrey, “Soviet Jewry as a Diaspora Nationality: The ‘Black Years’ Reconsidered,” East European Jewish Affairs, vol. 33, no. 1 (2003), pp. 4 – 29.


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