At the end of the 19th century, Secular Zionists argued that the only solution to the problem of Jew-hated would be the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine. Initially the Jewish community split over this aim, but the rise of Nazism and the murder of 6 million Jews persuaded Jewry of the necessity of a Jewish refuge in the Holy Land. This lecture will explore the roots of Zionism and confront the question whether Israel has solved the problem of antisemitism.
Dan Cohn-Sherbok is Emeritus Professor of Judaism st the University of Wales. He is the author of numerous books including Antisemitism; Holocaust Theology; Israel: The History of an Idea; The Palestine-Israeli Conflict; and Debating Palestine and Israel.