Communism versus Zionism: The Comintern, Yishuvism, and the Palestine Communist Party

Franzén, Johan (2007) Communism versus Zionism: The Comintern, Yishuvism, and the Palestine Communist Party. Journal of Palestine Studies, 36 (2). pp. 6-24. ISSN 1533-8614

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Abstract

his article discusses how the official communist position on the Zionist project in Palestine went from hostile condemnation in the early 1920s to wary support after World War II. In so doing, it focuses on the ideological struggle between the traditional party line and "Yishuvism," a theory that sought to reconcile Zionist and communist ideas, as it played out in the two bodies most closely involved in shaping Comintern policy on Palestine (the Palestine Communist Party and the Communist Party of Great Britain). In following the torturedjustifications for evolving positions, the author identifies the key actors shaping the debate and turning points impacting it, especially the 1936-39 Arab Revolt, Britain's 1939 White Paper, and the wartime fight against fascism. The author contends that an important reason for the USSR's post-war about-face on Palestine was the success of the Yishuvist ideological campaign.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Political, Social and International Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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Depositing User: Johan Franzen
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2011 11:25
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 00:48
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/19794
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