Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique

Ilan(August 17) — Congregation Emanu-El Adult Education Committee is pleased to present a talk at the synagogue on Thursday, August 17 at 7:00 pm by a former member of our shul, Ilan Avi Baron, about his new book, “Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique”. Admission is by donation.

Combining political theory and sociological interviews spanning four countries ‑ Israel, the USA, Canada and the UK, Ilan Zvi Baron explores the Jewish Diaspora/Israel relationship and suggests that instead of looking at Diaspora Jews’ relationship with Israel as a matter of loyalty, it is one of obligation.

Ilan Zvi Baron completed his D.Phil. at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 2007 where he was an E.H. Carr Scholar and recipient of an Overseas Research Scheme grant. He completed an MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics, and a BA (Hons) in Political Science at the University of Victoria, Canada. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics, and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institut Barcelona D’Estudis Internacionals. In addition, he has held visiting posts at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and at the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published on a wide range of topics including International Relations Theory, Israeli Cookbooks, Identity and Security, Ethics and War, Zionism, and the Arab Spring.

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2 thoughts on “Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique”

  1. I hope that Zvi Baron, like other reluctant Zionists, can overcome his failure, like that of other “reluctant Zionists,” to understand law representing resolution of the issue. Ari Shavit, who wrote in a similar vein as Baron, has recanted. Here’s why Zvi Baron should do the same.

    There is nothing in international treaty nor in the customary law of nations providing for Arab territorial entitlement west of the Jordan River. International treaty (San Remo, League of Nations Palestine Mandate, UN Charter Article 80) obliges the internationa community to support Jewish sovereignty everywhere west of the River. Customary law of nations supports the proposition that the Jewish claim to disputed territories — Judea, Samaria, Gaza — is “prior and better” as against all other parties.

    Many Arabs west of the River have domicile rights which Israel does recognize. No Arabs have sovereign entitlement west of the River.

    Palestinian Arabs cannot insist on rights they do not have. Conflict resolution will come when Arabs begin to understand the law.

    Incidentally, IDF authority in the territories is consistent with the security exceptions in the Fourth Geneva Convention, Articles 64 to 78. Preventive detention, checkpoints, barriers, home demolition among other actions, may all be justified — even mandated — where there is a security requirement. The occupation is lawful. What’s unlawful is resistance to it.

    There is no need for Dr. Baron to be reluctant. He can embrace Zionism
    fully by insisting that Arab Palestinians observe the law.

    Michael Friedman, Victoria


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