Dr. Alice Rothchild

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Israel’s Origin Story

Dr. Alice Rothchild talks about Israel’s origin story and Zionism’s uneasy relationship with antisemitism (Mondoweiss, Nov. 19, 2019) on Tidings on WPKN radio. (Broadcast on WPKN on December 11, 2019 and produced by Tony Ernst.)

This month, Hazel’s guest on Tidings is Boston-based Dr. Alice Rothchild, physician, filmaker, author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience, director of the documentary Voices Across the Divide and a Jewish Voice for Peace activist. On Tidings however, she talks about her recent article in Mondoweiss (November, 2019): “Zionism’s uneasy relationship with antisemitism”, in which she uncovers Israel’s origin story threading through the writings of the country’s founding fathers—Theodore Herzl, Chaim Weizman, Ben Gurion and Vladimir Jabotinsky—in the 1920s and 1930s and leading up to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.

Dr. Rothchild reveals the shocking and deeply puzzling antisemitism embedded in the belief that only in Palestine could the negative characteristics of the weak and pitiful Diaspora shtetl Jew in the Diaspora be transmuted and reborn as the proud Hebrew warrior-farmer later known as the sabra. This is “messy and uncomfortable” history, but one that exposes the foundations of Zionism and its relationship to real antisemitism, writes Dr. Rothchild in the hope that understanding its origin story will lead Israel to shed its current patterns of joining forces with authoritarian and racist governments.

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