Remembering Irving Howe

Remembering Irving Howe

I met Irving for the first time in Israel during the summer of 1974. liana, his wife, introduced me to him, during a meeting with several friends, all peace activists.

Our very long conversation that summer initiated a twenty-year dialogue. In 1974 I was a member of a small peace party, “Moked,” and was preparing to publish a new monthly, Emda. My goal was to unite the factions of the Zionist peace camp and to clarify and defend our positions publicly. Irving immediately involved himself in our problems. While presenting his well-founded objections to small-party politics, he fully supported the journal. He argued that intellectuals should join the Labor party in order to lead it to more radical positions. We rejected his recommendation.

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