Like Jacob and Esau, Zionism and Socialism have always been irreconcilable foes
Tony Greenstein on Why Zionism and Socialism are Incompatible
Talk No. 3 – Labour Left Alliance 9th April 6 pm
This Friday I shall be giving the third of five talks. The theme will be Zionism and Socialism. When I grew up it was a common myth that Israel was a socialist society. In Israel, Histadrut, the Zionist ‘trade union’ was the biggest employer after the state itself. Where else in the world would you have the commanding heights of the economy in the hands of the unions? To many social democrats, who lacked any class analysis, Israel was a dream come true.
I can remember the family solicitor, Rex Makin, who had defended me on a charge of possession of dope, telling me in his plush offices that if I was a socialist then I should go to Israel and join a kibbutz. Rex himself ended up defending British Movement members!
A May Day Demonstration by Mapam - complete with Zionist and Red Flags - However the Arabs formed no part of their socialism
The belief that Zionism has a left and a right-wing is a common one. Even some Trotskyists, such as 4th International supporter Gilbert Achcar, criticised the equation of Zionism and racism for its
‘totalizing nature ... we can hardly treat all Zionists ... as birds of the same racist feather. There is Zionism and there is ‘Zionism’’
It is a common myth that Zionism has a left and a right. In fact all Zionist groups, without exception, subscribe to the idea of a Jewish Supremacist State. The differences between left and right have always been tactical not principled. Ctd....