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Is Zionism compatible with democracy?

Mehdi Hasan goes head to head with former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben Ami.

Last updated: 07 Mar 2014 20:08
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From a political and strategic perspective this [one state solution] is the end of the Jewish state, this is the end of the initial Zionist idea.

Shlomo Ben Ami

The ideology of Zionism, which calls for the establishment of a Jewish state, has dictated Israeli politics for decades.

But is it compatible with a democratic Israel? And can a state exclusively for Jews be a genuine democracy?

Palestinians argue that Zionism has become a byword for racism and colonial expansion.

In this episode, Mehdi Hasan challenges Shlomo Ben Ami , the former Israeli foreign minister and avowed liberal Zionist, on the challenges of Zionism and the failures of the Israeli peace camp.

Also joining the discussion are: Avi Shlaim, a renowned new historian and emeritus professor of international relations at the University of Oxford; Paul Charney, the chairman of the Zionist Federation; and Diana Buttu, a Palestinian lawyer and legal advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

 

Read the full transcript of Head to Head - Is Zionism compatible with democracy? here

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Is Zionism Compatible with Democracy?   with former Israeli foreign minister, Shlomo Ben Ami, will air from March 7 at the following times GMT: March 7: 2000; March 8: 1200; March 9: 0100; March 10: 0600.

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