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Jewish RadicalsA Documentary History$
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Tony Michels

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757437

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.001.0001

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“Should We Change Our Stance toward Zionism?” (1918)

“Should We Change Our Stance toward Zionism?” (1918)

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Jewish Radicals

Herts Burgin

NYU Press

This chapter argues that socialism and Zionism could not be reconciled, in response to the 1917 Balfour Declaration in support of a Jewish homeland. In this chapter, Herts Burgin, veteran journalist and author of the first comprehensive history of the Jewish labor movement, asserts that working toward the Zionist ideal is not as feasible as working toward socialist goals. One reason is because the Jewish Question has long been solved, though the chapter also addresses the hypothetical scenarios that reveal otherwise. Moreover, socialists would have to bend working-class unity before the Jewish bourgeoisie, rendering the socialist cause “two-faced” as a conflict between class interests and national interests develops.

Keywords:   Herts Burgin, socialism, Zionism, Balfour Declaration, Jewish Question, class interests, national interests

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