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I am the host and producer of LIVE weekly Middle East online events on Twitter spaces. This podcast is a recording of the live events. I bring you the top experts on Middle East geopolitics, history, religion, culture, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, including politicians, business leaders, authors, professors, former intelligence officers, research fellows, journalists, and peace activists.

Daniel Sadan Presents... The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict‪.‬ Daniel Sadan

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I am the host and producer of LIVE weekly Middle East online events on Twitter spaces. This podcast is a recording of the live events. I bring you the top experts on Middle East geopolitics, history, religion, culture, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, including politicians, business leaders, authors, professors, former intelligence officers, research fellows, journalists, and peace activists.

    Izabella Tabarovsky: "Soviet Antizionism and Contemporary Left Antisemitism"

    Izabella Tabarovsky: "Soviet Antizionism and Contemporary Left Antisemitism"

    Where does contemporary antizionist ideology come from? In this event, we will talk about the origins of this ideology, what purpose it was meant to serve, how it harmed Jews in the past—and how it is doing so today.

    Ever wonder where the idea that “Zionism is racism” comes from? Who first demonized Israel as an “apartheid” state or smeared Zionism as a reincarnation of Nazi Germany? Who emptied the term Zionism of its original meaning and associated it with humanity’s worst evils, including imperialism, colonialism, fascism, terrorism and genocide?

    You might think that these ideas are an outgrowth of contemporary social justice activism and Western academic thought, but the history of these ideas goes back over 50 years. That’s when the Soviet Union first began to talk about Zionism as though it was its primary ideological enemy, to develop an elaborate international propaganda effort against it, and to try to win over the global left to this antizionist project. The USSR also used its influence in the developing world to introduce these ideas.

    You might ask: Why should we care about this history? The USSR doesn’t exist anymore. Aren’t we busy enough dealing with the present?

    We should care about it for the same reason we care about the history of Nazi antisemitism. Nazi Germany has also ceased to exist and its ideas are widely discredited, but they are not dead. They continue to live on among contemporary neo-Nazis and white supremacists, threatening to regain virulence and cross over into mainstream political discourse.

    We must learn about Soviet antizionism in order to understand the danger posed by the antizionist antisemitism of the contemporary far left. The antizionist antisemitism of Jeremy Corbyn, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and those who are influenced by them is not simply a product of nice people caring deeply about Palestine. It is a politics that has a long tradition originating in a country that went down in history, among other things, as a country of state-sponsored antisemitism.

    The antizionist slogans we are hearing today were once weaponized against millions of Soviet Jews. They are already being weaponized against American and British Jews (although, thankfully, without an apparatus of state repression behind them). Without this history, we can’t analyze contemporary antizionism correctly, nor can we forecast the dangers that it poses to Jews.

    One of the main lessons of this history is that whenever an institution or a society embraces antizionist antisemitism, Jews suffer.

    We don’t need to wonder whether antizionism is the same as antisemitism or not. Millions of Jews who grew up in the communist countries have seen it all before. What we need to do is look closely at this history in order to help us understand the present and forecast the future. We will start doing it with today’s conversation.

    To learn more about Izabella's work, please see the articles below:


    “Soviet Anti-Zionism and Contemporary Left Antisemitism,” Fathom, May 2019
    “Mahmoud Abbas’s Dissertation,” Tablet, January 18, 2023
    Demonization Blueprints: Soviet Conspiracist Antizionism in Contemporary Leftwing Discourse,” Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism, Spring 2022
    “Understanding the Real Origin of that New York Times Cartoon: How anti-Semitic Soviet propaganda informs contemporary left anti-Zionism,” Tablet, June 2019
    “Russia’s New Exiles,” Tablet, March 14, 2022  
    “We Soviet Jews Lived Through State-Sponsored Anti-Zionism. We Know How It Is Weaponized,” The Forward, March 2019
    “The New Refuseniks,” Tablet, June 2021
    “Hijacking History” Tablet, December 2020
    “A Letter to Golda,” Tablet, November 2019
    “The American Soviet Mentality,” Tablet,June 2020
    “What My Soviet Life Has Taught Me About Censorship and Why It Makes Us Dumb,” Areo, May 2021
    “Senator Sanders, Fighting Antisemitism Requires Actions,not Just Universali

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    “We Should All Be Zionists” - Conversation with Einat Wilf 🇮🇱

    “We Should All Be Zionists” - Conversation with Einat Wilf 🇮🇱

    Daniel Sadan Presents... The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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    To watch this event on YouTube, please go to the following link:

    ⁠https://youtu.be/P8k90vRZ6lI⁠



    This was a LIVE Twitter Space event with Einat Wilf, author of the new book, "We Should All Be Zionists"

    On July 23, 2023, at 1pm EDT, we hosted a Twitter Space event with Einat Wilf to discuss her new book, "We Should All Be Zionists." In her book, Wilf argues that Zionism is not just a movement for Jewish self-determination, but a universal ideal that we should all support.

    During the event, we discussed:


    What is Zionism and why is it important?
    How can Zionism help us to create a more just and equitable world?
    What are the challenges facing Zionism today?

    We'll also answered audience questions in real time.



    To participate in future events, simply follow @RealDanSadan.



    For more information about this event, and to see speaker bios, please go to:

    https://www.danielsadan.com/episode/we-should-all-be-zionists-conversation-with-einat-wilf



    About Einat Wilf

    Einat Wilf is a senior fellow at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University and a contributing editor to The Atlantic. She is the author of several books, including "The War of Return: How Western Idealism Imperils Israel and the West."



    About "We Should All Be Zionists"

    In "We Should All Be Zionists," Wilf argues that Zionism is not just a movement for Jewish self-determination, but a universal ideal that we should all support. She writes that Zionism is "the belief that all people have the right to self-determination in their own homeland," and that it is "a force for good in the world."



    Wilf's book is a timely and important contribution to the debate about Zionism. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand this complex and controversial movement.



    This is a link to the book, in case you are interested in learning more about the subject:https://www.amazon.com/We-Should-All-Be-Zionists/dp/B0B92HRP2M

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