Naomi Klein vs the ‘ideological shackles of Zionism’

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In a conversation with Mehdi Hasan, Jewish activist, academic and author Naomi Klein calls for an “exodus from the ideological shackles of Zionism”.

Naomi also reacts to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comparing student protesters at Columbia University to Nazis, telling Mehdi that when it comes to Netanyahu, “there is nobody more adept at exploiting Jewish trauma, historical trauma, and turning it into a political weapon for his own advantage.”

Mehdi also opens up to Naomi about why he decided to boycott the White House Correspondents Dinner. “I can’t call out what Israel is doing to Palestinian journalists with American-made bombs and then go to a fun, comedy-type dinner with the president of the United States – who’s not just responsible for that, but is also not even acknowledging it,” Mehdi told Naomi.

In 2007, Naomi wrote The Shock Doctrine, a book that explains what happens when a national crisis throws citizens into a state of shock and how the powerful exploit those moments.

Although it may be one of her most popular books, Naomi tells Mehdi she dreams of a day where the Shock Doctrine will no longer be relevant, where people can stay grounded even in times of chaos.

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