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What Does a Jew Want?On Binationalism and Other Specters$
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Udi Aloni

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157599

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.001.0001

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Thus Spoke the Left

Thus Spoke the Left

An Attack on the Manifesto of the National Left

(p.109) Thus Spoke the Left
What Does a Jew Want?

Aloni Udi

Columbia University Press

In this chapter, the author criticizes the manifesto of the national left for its “populist qualities, its clichés, and its ignorance, which borders on slander.” The manifesto, written by a former aide to then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and by a playwright, is an attempt to draw conclusions from the electoral failure of the so-called Zionist left and to redefine it in a manner that will render it a viable “patriotic” political force with the ability to lead the nation. The authors of the manifesto claim that Israel accepted the United Nations's 1947 partition plan and that Palestine did not, resulting in the war. The author argues that the document was written in order to flank the right from the right with regard to racism and from below with regard to populism. He says the manifesto will only be a true, relevant document of the left when it is written and signed by both Palestinians and Jews living between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

Keywords:   manifesto, national left, Israel, right, racism, populism, Palestinians, Jews, Palestine, war

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