Israel’s 2018 Nation-State Basic Law, which constitutionalises Jewish supremacy, has been explained away by some as a mere aberration from Zionism’s liberal ideals. This talk will revisit early (pre-1948) progressive critiques of Zionism to show that from its beginnings Zionism has been practiced and perceived as illiberal, non-democratic and intertwined with colonialism. Against that backdrop, Dr. Sultany will reflect on the challenges and necessities of critiquing Zionism today, at a time when expansive, problematic definitions of antisemitism are being deployed in attempts to smear or silence anti-Zionist critique and activism.
About the Speaker
Dr. Nimer Sultany is Senior Lecturer in Law at SOAS, University of London.
His recent book Law & Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring (Oxford University Press, 2017) was awarded the Society of Legal Scholars Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship.
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