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When Jewish Societies Were Banned: Zionists, Anti-Zionists and the Politics of Anti-Racism

Pears Institute Lunchtime Seminar

Speaker: Dave Rich, Community Security Trust and Pears Institute Associate
Date: Thu, Oct. 22, 2015
Time:  1:00pm - 2:00pm
Venue: Dreyfus Room, 26 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DQ
Free seminar open to scholars:

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In the 1970s and 1980s some Students’ Unions took the United Nations-approved idea that Zionism is a form of racism, combined it with the National Union of Students’ policy of ‘No Platform’ for racists, and used it to ban Jewish Societies or restrict their activities on British campuses. This talk will describe these campus battles between Zionist and anti-Zionist activists, both of whom claimed to be opposing racism. In so doing, it will explore the origins of New Left anti-Zionism and its relationship to the idea of a ‘new antisemitism’.

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