This book refutes the long held view of the Israeli left as adhering to a humanistic, democratic and even socialist tradition, attributed to the historic Zionist Labor movement. Through a critical analysis of the prevailing discourse of Zionist intellectuals and activists on the Jewish-democratic state, it uncovers the Zionist left’s central role in laying the foundation of the colonial settler state of Israel, in articulating its hegemonic ideology and in legitimizing, whether explicitly or implicitly, the apartheid treatment of Palestinians both inside Israel and in the 1967 occupied territories. Their determined support of a Jewish-only state underlies the failure of the peace process,” initiated by the Zionist Left, to reach a just peace based on recognition of the national rights of the entire Palestinian people.
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About the Author
Tikva Honig-Parnass was raised in the Jewish community of pre-state Palestine, fought in the 1948 war and served as the secretary of the then Radical Left Zionist Party of Mapam (The Unified Workers Party) in the Knesset ( 1951-1954). In '60 she definitively broke with Zionism and joined the ranks of the Israeli Socialist Organization, known as "Matzpen". Since then she has played an active role in the movement against the '67 occupation as well as in the struggle for the Palestinian national rights.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Chapter 1: Erasing Palestinians from the Land - Past and Present
Chapter 2: A "Jewish Majority" Fosters Racism
Chapter 3: Equal Rights
Chapter 4: A Theocratic Jewish State
Chapter 5: The Assertion of the Democratic Nature of the State
Chapter 6: Post-Zionism – A Failed Departure from Left Zionist Discourse
Chapter 7: Revisionist Social Sciences: Pre-State Colonization and the 1948 War
Chapter 8: The Post-Modernity Stream of Post-Zionism
Chapter 9: The Zionist Left and the Peace Process