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Plus ça change – probably not plus c’est la même chose

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Zionism and the British Labour party grew up together. Jewish unions supported the fledgling new party and Poele Zion, which became the modern Jewish Labour Movement had, as its main aim, a national home in Palestine which Labour supported. The kibbutz movement in Palestine was the ideal Labour structure and the Labour party wished it could come about in Britain. The Kibbutz movement was after all pure Socialism, pooling the income of the kibbutzniks and paying everybody’s bills when they came due.

Indeed, so much had the two organisations in common that in 1920 Poele Zion became affiliated to the British Labour party and remains so to this day.

Things have changed over the years though. While every Labour leader, from Ramsay Macdonald to Tony Blair supported the Jews in the Holy Land, the British community as a whole fought its way out of poverty and Margaret Thatcher was........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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