Anti-Zionism as a Multipurpose Policy Instrument: The Anti-Zionist Campaign in Poland, 1967–1968

Dariusz Stola, "Anti-Zionism as a Multipurpose Policy Instrument: The Anti-Zionist Campaign in Poland, 1967–1968", The Journal of Israeli History, vol. 25, No. 1, March 2006, pp. 175–201

37 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2016

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Dariusz Stola

Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

This article outlines the anti-Zionist campaign in Poland between 1967 and 1968, in particular its evolution from a Cold War anti-Israel policy in reaction to the Six Day War into a domestic anti-Jewish campaign. It focuses on the factors that influenced the top decision makers in launching the campaign, and its images of the enemy. The campaign was a peculiar combination of two patterns of symbolic aggression that belong to historically hostile camps: communist hate campaigns and anti-Semitism of the nationalist right. Notwithstanding its irrational components (i.e. anti-Jewish resentments and prejudices which fed much of its dynamics), the campaign appears to have been an effective policy instrument that achieved desirable results for the decision makers and its instigators.

Keywords: antisemitism, anti-Zionism, communism, Poland

Suggested Citation

Stola, Dariusz, Anti-Zionism as a Multipurpose Policy Instrument: The Anti-Zionist Campaign in Poland, 1967–1968 (2005). Dariusz Stola, "Anti-Zionism as a Multipurpose Policy Instrument: The Anti-Zionist Campaign in Poland, 1967–1968", The Journal of Israeli History, vol. 25, No. 1, March 2006, pp. 175–201, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2831442

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