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Friday, July 7 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
The Mirage of Socialist Zionism

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In recent years, support for Palestinian liberation has become commonplace on the U.S. left, but it wasn’t always this way. For decades, many progressives in social movements and in the U.S. labor movement considered Zionism—the political project of building a Jewish state in Palestine—part and parcel of the struggle for social justice. This talk will explore the history of the early Zionist movement to explain how radical labor activists and socialists understood their support for a settler-colonial state. What does this history tell us about the social-democratic vision of socialism that many socialist Zionists embraced? And if socialist Zionism is a mirage, what are the key elements of a liberatory socialism in support of Palestinian liberation?

Speakers
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Michael Letwin

Michael Letwin is a member of Labor for Palestine and Labor for Standing Rock.
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Eric Ruder

Eric Ruder is a journalist for SocialistWorker.org.


Friday July 7, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
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