Zionism and Anglo-Jewry
in The British left and Zionism
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The Jewish community in Britain represented for the Zionist movement a potential source of political and financial support. Yet, until the Second World War, the predominantly working class Anglo-Jewry was drawn more to left-wing than to Zionist politics. The chapter shows that this began to change during the late 1930s. With the Jewish community despairing of the liberal democracies opening their doors to Jews fleeing Nazism, the Zionist argument that Palestine provided the only solution gained traction. The embourgeoisement of Anglo-Jewry also played a part. The break-up of the Jewish working class neighbourhoods in London’s East End and the large provincial towns led to the growing dominance in the community of a bourgeoning entrepreneurial class, which alongside its commitment to English middle class values promoted Jewish nationalism.

The British left and Zionism

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