The U.S. Left has historically been a shining exception to American support for Israeli Zionism and Israel as a settler-colonial project, but not without conflict and contradiction. In The Movement and the Middle East: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left, historian Michael Fischbach describes in impressively researched detail how virtually every political formation of the Left came to define itself in part by its position on Israel's siege and occupation of historic Palestine. In particular, he focuses on how the 1967 “Six-Day War” was a pivot point between an older generation of communists and socialist Zionists who supported Israel, and a new generation expressing solidarity with...
Review: The Movement and the Middle East: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left, by Michael R. Fischbach
Bill V. Mullen is professor of American studies and global studies at Purdue University. He is the author, most recently, of James Baldwin: Living in Fire (London: Pluto Press, 2019) and is coeditor, with Ashley Dawson, of Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities (Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books, 2015).
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Bill V. Mullen; Review: The Movement and the Middle East: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left, by Michael R. Fischbach. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 August 2020; 49 (4): 147–149. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2020.49.4.147
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