New Day in Babylon and Jerusalem: Zionism, Jewish Power, and Identity Politics
Today, Zionism seems increasingly incompatible with other forms of identity politics. Sara Yael Hirschhorn traces these developments over the past five decades.
Session 1 discusses how the Six Day War and its aftermath transformed Zionism from a national liberation movement of the Jewish people to a colonialist enterprise in the Middle East in international eyes, and how the Arab-Israeli conflict abroad subsequently “disrupted” the construction of Jewish-Zionist communities at home. Examine how the incipient clashes between “Jewish Power” and “Black Power” post-1967 accelerated the process of “whitening” of Diaspora Jewry, problematizing the position of Israel’s allies in progressive spaces on the left, promoting an alignment with a new “Judeo-Christian” establishment on the right, and creating profound polarization over Israel ever since.
Session 2 examines some primary source documents from “New Jews” and “Radical Zionists” of the 1960s, to explore whether previous generations had answers to resolve some our contemporary dilemmas and how approaches to these issues have evolved.
NOTE: This program was part of our Summer 2021 Virtual Rabbinic Torah Seminar, Torah of Possibility for an Uncertain Future