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Matzpen: A History of Israeli Dissidence

Lutz Fiedler


This book explores the history of the Israeli Socialist Organization – Matzpen (compass) – that splintered off from the Communist Party of Israel in 1962. After the Six Day War of June 1967, Matzpen shook Israeli society, calling for a withdrawal from the recently occupied territories, and placing itself outside the national consensus. Even before the war, the group emphasised the colonial dimension of the conflict between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs, which was irresolvable within the paradigm of the nation-state. Matzpen instead advocated for Israel’s de-Zionisation and a socialist rev ... More

Keywords: Israel-Palestine-Conflict, Israeli Dissidence, The New Left in the New Middle East, Internationalism/Socialism, Zionism/Anti-Zionism, Hebrew nation, Holocaust Memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474451161
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474451161.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lutz Fiedler, author
the Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies, Humboldt University