From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews, and Israel (Studies in Antisemitism)

By Robert S. Wistrich

From Ambivalence to Betrayal is the 1st learn to discover the transformation in attitudes at the Left towards the Jews, Zionism, and Israel because the origins of ecu socialism within the 1840s until eventually the current. This pathbreaking synthesis finds a extraordinary continuity in detrimental stereotypes of Jews, contempt for Judaism, and negation of Jewish nationwide self-determination from the times of Karl Marx to the present left-wing highbrow attack on Israel. World-renowned professional at the historical past of antisemitism Robert S. Wistrich offers not just a robust research of ways and why the Left emerged as a spearhead of anti-Israel sentiment but in addition new insights into the broader involvement of Jews in radical movements.

There are interesting images of Marx, Moses Hess, Bernard Lazare, Rosa Luxemburg, Leon Trotsky, and different Jewish intellectuals, along analyses of the darker face of socialist and Communist antisemitism. The remaining part eloquently exposes the degeneration of leftist anti-Zionist reviews right into a novel type of “anti-racist” racism.

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Seventy eight There can consequently be not anything confident concerning the Jewish country whose foundations are allegedly to be present in slender particularism, exceptionalism, ethnicity, and chosenness; and whose practices are unavoidably violent, sordid, and immoral. On those and different issues Jewish anti-Zionist Leftists and the ultra-Orthodox enemies of Israel can and do, from time to time, come jointly in advocating the extinction of Israel. There also are these, just like the Israeli saxophonist and anti-Zionist, Gilad Atzmon, who freely embody the tropes of antisemitic rhetoric, even aiding the speculation of a Jewish global conspiracy. This didn't cease Atzmon from being enthusiastically promoted by way of the Trotskyist Socialist staff social gathering in nice Britain. The Trotskyists, it may be extra, have a protracted historical past of virulent antiZionism, having for many years depicted Israel as a “militaristic,” chauvinist settler-state—a watchdog for U. S. imperialism within the heart East. For greater than 40 years they've been remorseless in branding the Jewish kingdom because the excellent instance of “world reaction,” every now and then even exceeding Soviet propaganda of their vitriol. Trotskyists were an ideological spearhead within the systematic defamation by way of the Western New Left of Zionism and Israel; and in selling the malevolent fantasy of an imperialist and racist Jewish The Racist Temptation within the exertions flow sixty five kingdom answerable for “ethnic detoxification” and “genocide” in Palestine. seventy nine For the hot Leftists within the West, the Palestinians may well do no mistaken. They have been a terrible, stateless humans of refugees scuffling with for a place of origin denied to them by way of Zionist oppression. They have been and stay paragons of resistance having fun with the halo of absolute sufferers. Israel, nevertheless, has assumed within the eyes of the novel Left the despised mantle of a conquering Herrenvolk completely in charge for Palestinian discomfort. This New Left argumentation used to be scarcely diversified from reputable Communist rhetoric, apart from its ultraradicalism and violent negation of Israeli statehood. within the radical anti-Zionist dispensation, demands the destruction of Israel—itself a racist call for— may turn into the integral prerequisite for the surrealist dream of a socialist revolution within the heart East. eighty N OTES 1. Robert S. Wistrich, “Antisemitism as a ‘Radical’ Ideology within the nineteenth Century,” Jerusalem Quarterly, no. 28 (Summer 1983): 83–94. 2. Richard S. Geehr, Karl Lueger, Mayor of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna (Detroit, 1990). three. For this faulty declare, see P. G. J. Pulzer, Die Entstehung des politischen Antisemitismus in Deutschland und Österreich, 1867–1914 (Gütersloh, 1966). four. Robert S. Wistrich, The Jews of Vienna within the Age of Franz Joseph (Oxford, 1989). five. Brigitte Hamann, Hitler’s Vienna (Oxford, 1999), 236–304. 6. Pierre-André Taguieff, l. a. Judéophobie des Modernes (Paris, 2008), 136–208. 7. Jacques Hermone, los angeles Gauche, Israël et les Juifs (Paris, 1970), 36–40. eight. Robert Michels, Political events: A Sociological examine of the Oligarchical developments of recent Democracy (New York, 1959; German ed.

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