Antony Lerman traces his five-decade personal and political journey from idealistic socialist Zionist to controversial critic of Israel's aggression towards the Palestinians. As head of an influential UK Jewish think tank, he operated at the highest levels of international Jewish political and intellectual life.
He recalls his 1960s Zionist activism, two years spent on kibbutz and service in the IDF, followed by the gradual onset of doubts about Israel on returning to England. Assailed for his growing public criticism of Israeli policy and Zionism, he details his ostracism by the Jewish establishment.
With a sharp insider's critique, Lerman presents a powerful, human rights-based argument about how a just peace can be achieved.
Antony Lerman is a Senior Fellow of the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue in Vienna. He has written on multiculturalism, racism, antisemitism, and Israel/Palestine for the Guardian, Independent, New York Times, London Review of Books, Prospect, The Nation, New Statesman and Haaretz. He is the author of The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist: A Personal and Political Journey (Pluto, 2012) and editor of Do I Belong? (Pluto, 2017).
Acknowledgements Preface Abbreviations and acronyms 1. From Bourgeois to Builder 2. Sunrise Over the Carmel 3. Socialist Zionist 4. `It Is No Dream' 5. Searching for Myself 6. Rocking the Boat 7. Political Animal 8. Darkening Skies in Israel and Europe 9. Shedding Illusions 10. Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire 11. Character Assassination and Self-Censorship 12. `Gunning for Lerman' 13. Pressing On 14. The Sense of an Ending 15. Afterword Glossary Sources for chapter heading quotes Note on sources Index