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Against Zionism: Jewish Perspectives conference

by Jonathan Maunder
Issue No. 2008

A conference that brought together leading anti-Zionist Jews and Muslims took place in London last Sunday. Against Zionism: Jewish Perspectives was organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission.

Both religious and secular Jews spoke at the conference. There was round condemnation of Israel’s reoccupation of Gaza.

Dr Uri Davis, an Israeli academic, called it a “horrific crime”. He pointed out that this kind of military operation had been made easier by the removal of the Jewish settlers from Gaza. He argued that Gaza was now the “largest concentration camp in the world”.

Professor Yakov Rabkin, author of A Threat from Within which charts the history of Jewish opposition to Zionism, told Socialist Worker that he was “saddened but not surprised” at the Israeli action in Gaza.

He said, “I despair at the state of Israel. It has overwhelming power over the Palestinians.”

John Rose, author of The Myths of Zionism and a speaker at the conference, said, “Conferences like these are a progressive development inside the Muslim community. They let Muslims see there is a debate among Jews about Zionism.”

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