Zionism and Antisemitism – An International Conference

International Conference

Event Information and Booking

24th May, 2017 - 26th May, 2017
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Birkbeck, University of London, Clore Lecture Theatre, Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7HX
Derek Penslar, Harvard University and Bashir Bashir, Open University, Israel and The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and other speakers
Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Christianity, Ethnicity, Feminism, Film/TV, Holocaust, Holocaust (survivors; testimony), Holocaust Memory, Human Rights, Liberalism, Multiculturalism, National Socialism/ Nazism, Nationalism, Populism, Race / Racism, Socialism, Xenophobia, Zionism
Austria, Europe, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Palestine, South Africa
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Jabotinsky Leon Trotsky, Moses Hess Ze’ev, Theodor Herzl

This three day international conference brings together more than 35 scholars from institutions in eight countries, from different disciplines and with diverse perspectives, to examine the interaction between Zionism and antisemitism as it has developed from the nineteenth century through to the present day. Themes to be explored include: Christianity, Jews and Zionism; Zionism and National Socialism; memories of the Holocaust and the Nakba; racisms; and anti-Zionism and antisemitism.

Political Zionism and antisemitism have been connected ever since the late nineteenth century. From the 1870s, self-proclaimed antisemites regarded Jews as an unassimilable element within their nations and states. Many Zionists concluded that the persistence of antisemitism required a Jewish state or national home in Palestine. ‘We are one people – our enemies have made us one in our despite….Distress binds us together,’ wrote Theodor Herzl in The Jewish State, in 1896.

This is a timely moment for our conference. November 2017 brings the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration which enabled the Zionist movement to build a national home in Palestine and set it on the road to statehood, achieved three decades later. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War. The war and its aftermath have added further dimensions to the relationship between Zionism and antisemitism.


The podcasts for speakers who gave their consent to be recorded are below.

Podcasts & Videos

Play: Derek Penslar - Antisemitism and Zionism: Ideologies or Emotions? Keynote Lecture
Play: Adam Sutcliffe - 'The organ of unifying and sanctifying love': Jews and non-Jews in the Zionist Vision of Moses Hess
Play: Amir Goldstein - Jabotinsky's Interpretation of Antisemitism Between the Two World Wars
Play: Yaakov Ariel - Contemporary Protestantism and Zionism: Philosemitism and Antisemitism
Play: Basir Bashir - The Memories of the Holocaust and Nakba and the Politics of Binationalism in Israel/Palestine - Keynote Leture
Play: Robert B. Isaacson - The Zionist as 'Survivor': Holocaust Memory and the Origins of the French-Israeli Alliance
Play: Nathan Kurz - International Human Rights, Antisemitism and the Origins of 'Zionism as Racism', 1959-1965
Play: Asmund Borgen-Gjerde - Antisemitism and the Pro-Zionist Turn in Norwegian Socialism
Play: Alan Johnson - 'A Global Revision'? Late Trotsky on Antisemitism and the Necessity of a Territorial Solution to 'the Jewish Question'
Play: Gerald Steinberg and Anne Herzberg - International Human Rights Discourse and the New Antisemitism
Play: Eric Alterman - Liberal Responses to Antisemitic Implications in the Academic BDS Movement, Right and Left
Play: Uzi Rebhun - Antisemitism and Anti-Israeli Sentiments in Contemporary Europe
Play: Tony Klug - The Israeli Occupation and the Rise of Antisemitism - Is there a Connection?
Play: Samuel Ghiles-Meilhac - 'Anti-Zionism is our haven' Les Indigenes de la Republique, Jews and Israel
Play: Elliot Ratzman - A Candid Confrontiation? Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism after Ferguson
Play: David Hirsh - The Maintstreaming of Xenophobia, Racism and Antisemitism in Contemporary Populist Movements
Play: Daniel Marwecki - German-Israeli State Relations in the Postwar Era: the Role(s) of Antisemitism
Play: Helga Embacher - Suspicious Zionism: The Right-Wing Populist Austrian Freedom Party (FPO) and its Instrumentalization of Zionism, Jews and Antisemitism as a Means to Attain Political Power
Play: Liat Steir-Livny - Holocaust Memory in Israeli Cinema: from Zionism to Post-Zionism
Play: Roger Frie - The Intersection of Philosemitism and Antisemitism: German Responses to the Nazi Past and the Holocaust
Play: Dave Rich - Anti-Zionism and the 'New Antisemitism': Theory and Practice
Play: Milton Shain - Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism: Reflections from South Africa
Play: Ephraim Nimni - The Ethnification of Political Zionism and Modern Antisemitism
Play: Keith Kahn-Harris - The Contemporary Controversy over Left-Wing Antisemitism and the Problem of Power

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