The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist

  • Sunday, 20th Jan'
  • 8pm at Hashomer House

The Making and Unmaking

of a Zionist

Antony Lerman 
in conversation with Brian Klug
Meretz UK is delighted to host two compelling speakers whose views demand attention. Expect a fascinating presentation followed by a lively debate!

Antony Lerman's controversial new book, The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist: A Personal and Political Journey, traces how, as a teenage socialist, he enthusiastically embraced Zionism, became an Israeli citizen in 1970 and a kibbutznik, and served in the Israeli army. But he returned to England in 1972 and developed increasing doubts about Israel's trajectory. 

After a few years as an academic he joined the Institute of Jewish Affairs, and in the 1980s and 1990s he became active at the highest levels of international Jewish political and intellectual life. Gradually losing his Zionist ardour he became a leading critic of Israel’s political direction. Lerman also criticised what he saw as the Jewish community's increasingly shrill sense of victimhood, and clashed with the Jewish establishment. 

While he was Director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research in the mid-2000s, communal leaders acted to silence him and prise him from his post. His latest book has generated strongly divergent opinions, as evidenced in Ha'aretz, in Al Arabiya and in the Jewish Chronicle - to cite just three!

Brian Klug is Senior Research Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at StBenet's Hall Oxford University and the author of Being Jewish and DoingJustice: Bringing Argument to Life (2011). For more on his views, see this link.

Admission: £5.50, con' £4.50 Members £2

Light refreshments

Hashomer house, 37a Broadhurst Gardens NW6 3QT

Tube: Finchley rd
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