Israeli Dilemma, The

A Debate between Two Left-Wing Jews

Author(s): LIEBMAN, Marcel and MILIBAND, Ralph
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780850365764
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A Debate between Two Left-Wing Jews Letters between Marcel Liebman and Ralph Miliband, selected, with an introduction and epilogue by Gilbert Achcar.

Who should have community and national rights in Palestine?

If Israelis have the right to security, can this ‘right’ be at the expense of Palestinians? What should be done when conflict broke out between these two? What are the conditions for a lasting peace between Israel and the Arabs? How should secular Jews outside Israel define their loyalties and their Jewishness?These letters between Ralph Miliband (1924-1994) and Marcel Liebman (1929-1986), his closest friend, begin in May 1967, on the eve of the Six Day War.

These two brilliant intellectuals had much in common. They were born to Polish Jewish parents in Belgium, deeply affected by Nazism and WW2, and became friends in London in 1953, when Liebman was studying at the LSE. Miliband: Being Jewish does not in itself justify a frenzied pro-Arab attitude. … It is true that I would consider the extermination of two million Jews … as an appalling catastrophe. But I like to think that I would feel just the same way if I were not Jewish myself. Liebman: I’m afraid that you are reacting as a European and a Jew rather than as a socialist. If the discussion were about any other nation playing the role that Israel is playing, you would have different standards than the ones you have for ‘our brothers’. … And yet God knows that I feel Jewish in all sorts of ways…

‘While Ralph Miliband’s position expresses more sympathy for the Israeli predicament as compared to Marcel Liebman’s pro-Arab stand-- on May 28th Miliband writes teasingly to his friend ‘Being Jewish does not in itself justify a frenzied pro-Arab attitude’ – the result of the war and the US-Israeli alliance brings their positions closer together. Achcar’s conclusion is particularly insightful in this regard.’ Against the Current.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780850365764
ISBN10 0850365767
Author LIEBMAN, Marcel and MILIBAND, Ralph
Binding Paperback
Date Published 3 May 2006
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 82
Publisher Merlin Press

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