We will discuss the development of the idea of Zionism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, its intellectual bases, the British Mandate, Israel’s Founding, its wars, the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and its international status. We will confront accusations of Israel as an Apartheid state and the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Movement. The class will be lecture and discussion. There should be up to one and a half hours per week preparation, reviewing Power Point slides and articles from newspaper publications that will be provided.
Zionism, and the Founding and Development of the Modern State of Israel
No required books, but the following are recommended for those who would like more information:
A History of Zionism, by Walter Laqueur, MFJ Books, 1972
The Zionist Idea, by Arthur Hertzberg, The Jewish Publication Society, 1997
I have studied Zionism at Hebrew College, read extensively in the field, followed current issues closely, and participated in many seminars and discussion groups at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. I have taught the History of Anti-Semitism and History of the Constitution of the United States, The Supreme Court and Current Issues at LLAIC. I taught an abbreviated version of this class at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley and a History of Anti-Semitism in Wellesley.