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What is Modern Israel? - a talk by Yakov Rabkin
Thu 20 October 2016, 18:00 – 22:00 BST
Goldsmiths Palestine Society are excited to host a talk, followed by a Q&A, with Yakov Rabkin, author of What is Modern Israel? published by Pluto Press
Rabkin will speak about his recently published book and give us an alternative perspective on Zionism and the modern Israeli state.
Few countries provoke as much passion and controversy as Israel. What is Modern Israel? convincingly demonstrates that its founding ideology - Zionism - is anything but a simple reaction to antisemitism. Dispelling the notion that every Jew is a Zionist and therefore a natural advocate for the state of Israel, the author points to the Protestant roots of Zionism and the role this might play in explaining the particular support Israel musters in the United States.
Drawing on many overlooked pages of history, including English, French, Hebrew, Yiddish and Russian sources, Yakov Rabkin shows that Zionism was conceived as a sharp break with Judaism and Jewish continuity. Israel’s past and present must be seen in the context of European ethnic nationalism, colonial expansion and geopolitical interests, rather than as an incarnation of Biblical prophecies or a culmination of Jewish history.
Yakov M. Rabkin is Professor of History at the University of Montréal, Canada. Author and editor of five books and more than three hundred articles, he is regularly called upon to comment on religion and international relations in printed and electronic media. His previous book, A Threat from Within: A Century of Jewish Opposition to Zionism (Zed Books, 2006), is currently available in fourteen languages.
This alternative perspective, which is as important as it is undervalued within mainstream discourses regarding Israel, is crucial to understanding the reasons behind Israel's persecution of the Palestinian people and pro- Palestine solidarity movements, including the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement.
- This event is now ~SOLD OUT~ but please join the waiting list and we will re-allocate tickets if someone cancels.
What is Modern Israel? will be on sale at the event for the discounted price of £10 (RRP: £16.99). Cash and card payments taken.
~ Hope to see you there! ~