The Debate on Zionism
In this seminar, we will study the debates about Zionism as a Jewish national movement, from its European beginnings up to contemporary controversies on the nature of the modern State of Israel. Topics will include: Zionism as a secular rebellion against tradition, Zionism as a messianic movement; the vision of a “bi-national state”, Palestinian and Marxist critiques of Zionist ideology, “Postzionism” and the controversy over the “New Historians.” Materials will include readings from the major voices in the history of Zionism and their critics, modern scholarship, and Israeli and Palestinian literature. 3 hrs. sem.