Zionist Party

The Zionist Party (Latvian: Ceire Cion, Hebrew for "Youth of Zion"), also known as the Ethnic Socialist Party, was a centre-left Jewish political party in Latvia during the inter-war period. It was led by a jurist Max Laserson.[1][2][3] The party combined the ideas of Zionism and democratic socialism. One of the party's goals was to create a Jewish state in Palestine.[4]

Zionist Party
צעירי ציון
PresidentMax Lazerson
IdeologyLabor Zionism
Political positionCentre-left


The party won a single seat in the 1920 Constitutional Assembly elections.[5] It retained its seat in the 1922, 1925 and 1928 elections, but missed out on a seat in the 1931 elections by 50 votes.[6] Later in 1931 it merged with the Latvian Organisation of Zionist Socialists to form the Zionist-Socialist Party.[7][8]

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  1. ^ Vincent E McHale (1983) Political parties of Europe, Greenwood Press, p448 ISBN 0-313-23804-9
  2. ^ Jews in Eastern Europe. Jerusalem, Israel: The Centre. 1997.
  3. ^ Vardys, Vytas Stanley; Misiunas, Romuald J.; Misiunas, Romuald J. (1978). The Baltic States in Peace and War, 1917-1945. Pennsylvania State University Press. ISBN 978-0-271-00534-8.
  4. ^ "LATVIA". www.mfa.gov.lv. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  5. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1137 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  6. ^ Jewish parties lose two seats in Latvian parliamentary elections Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 13 October 1931
  7. ^ "Latvijas ebreju kopiena: Vēsture, traģēdija, atdzimšana". Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Max M. Laserson Papers, 1900-1951". Columbia University Libraries. Retrieved 2021-03-20.