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      Communism and Zionism in Palestine-Israel: A Troubled Legacy

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      Holy Land Studies
      Edinburgh University Press

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          Abstract

          The political marginalisation of the Palestinians inside Israel between 1948 and 1977 has been widely discussed in the literature. The Israeli Communist Party is often credited with being the sole political organisation which gave an outlet during this period to the critical and oppositional political, literary and artistic activities of the Palestinian citizens of Israel. The Party organs in particular have done their utmost to popularise this claim, which has also become an article of faith for many Arab left-wing intellectuals. The question tackled in this article is: why did the Israeli State grant a margin of freedom to the Communist Party during this period, while denying it to every single Palestinian organisation inside Israel? I discussed this question at a conference on the Left in Palestine held at SOAS in February 2010. While the reader will be spared here the details of the subsequent personal accusations levelled against me in the organs of the Communist Party, I argue here (as in my SOAS paper) that the Communist Party was given this freedom of action for a range of reasons and in particular those to do with the Soviet support for the establishment of Israel and the important pro-Zionist role played the Communist Party during the 1948 War for Palestine. Other reasons are related to the endorsement by the Communist Party of Zionism's tenets and claims in support of the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, including the ‘modernising’ nature of the Zionist project.

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                Journal
                Holy Land Studies
                Holy Land Studies
                Edinburgh University Press
                1474-9475
                1750-0125
                November 2010
                November 2010
                : 9
                : 2
                : 169-183
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Senior Lecturer Department of Politics and Government Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Beer Sheva 84105, Israel
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                10.3366/hls.2010.0103
                90df9e94-f6cc-4b60-b3fc-101dfd63e23f
                © 2010

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