Communism, Zionism, and the Jews: A Brief Romance

Communist parties worldwide, including in the U.S. and Palestine, took their orders from Moscow, which meant that—with one consequential exception—they opposed Zionism.

A recruitment poster of the Palestine Communist Party calling for support of Stalin and the Red Army (“the protector of humanity and the Jewish people”) in World War II. Wikipedia.

A recruitment poster of the Palestine Communist Party calling for support of Stalin and the Red Army (“the protector of humanity and the Jewish people”) in World War II. Wikipedia.

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Nov. 20 2017
About the author

Harvey Klehr is the co-author, with John Haynes, of The Secret World of American Communism and Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America. His most recent book is The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole: The Twisted Life of David Karr.


One of the many virtues of Martin Kramer’s essay, “Who Saved Israel in 1947?” is its reminder of the decades of Communist hostility to Zionism both before and after the moment when, to the surprise of virtually everyone, the Soviet Union came out in favor of a Jewish state in Palestine and in November 1947 voted “yes” for the UN partition plan.

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