Nu'man Abd al-Wahid


The recent remarks of the former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone has ignited a debate on the extent of anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party. In support of another British Labour politician, Naz Shah, Livingstone felt compelled to remind people that certain Zionists in 1930’s Nazi Germany came into an agreement with elements in the Nazi regime to transfer German Jews to Palestine. Why he needed to drag this minor episode of European Zionist history, the Haavara agreement, into the mix in a supposed defense of Shah is bewildering. More bewildering when one considers the fact that British imperialism was the most consequential partner to the Zionist colonial settler project in Palestine in the inter-war period.