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European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2016/17 - The Legacy of the Left and Israel: 1967-2017

A lecture series organised by the Leo
Baeck Institute London, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.


This season´s topic intends to discuss the complicated and multi-layered relationship of the European Left with Zionism and the State of Israel. We will examine this broad subject from a historical perspective and will shed light on the different debates in various European countries.

Dr Daniel Wildmann (Director, Leo Baeck Institute London) has pleasure in inviting you to the third lecture in the series:

Dr Michel Dreyfus (University of Paris)
Two Lefts in France: Divisions over Zionism and Israel

6.30pm, 26th January 2017

The Balfour Declaration (1917) boosted Zionism in France. Although the movement enjoyed the support of the Socialists in the inter-war period, it was denounced by the Communist Party (CP) and the ultra-left. The creation of the State of Israel marked the beginning of a new era. While support for Israel grew strongly among French socialists from 1954 due to their opposition to Nasser’s politics in Algeria, the CP took a more critical stance. Post 1967 changes in the French-Israeli relationship left the left sharply divided: While the Socialists continue to support Israel unconditionally, the CP backs the Arab countries. This vigorous debate continues until today.

Michel Dreyfus is a Historian and Research Director at the CNRS (Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle-Université de Paris 1). He has written about the Dreyfus Affair and published numerous books on the history of the French and the international labour movements. His work L’antisémitisme à gauche. Histoire d’un paradoxe (1830-2009) appeared in 2009 (2nd ed. 2011).


Speaker(s):

Dr Michel Dreyfus | talks

 

Date and Time:

26 January 2017 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

German Historical Institute
17 Bloomsbury Square
London
WC1A 2NJ


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Organised by:

Leo Baeck Institute London
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Tickets:

free

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Admission is free, but places are limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute (t: +44 (0)20 7882 5690 or info@leobaeck.co.uk).

Additional Information:

Underground: Holborn, Russell Square; Bus: 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 59, 68, 91, 98, 134, 168, 171, 188, 242, 243, 521, X68

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