The Political World of American Zionism

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INTRODUCTION
1. To David Easton American Jews are a "social grouping," following his definition of social groupings as "...patterns of activity or relations of individuals to one another that are not formally organized, that require no close interaction among the members, and that are not deliberately directed to the pursuit of specified purposes. They are collections of individuals who are classed together as a result of the fact that they have specified characteristics in common." American Jews would seem to be such a category and thus provide the "analytically prior" basis for the formation of specific Jewish groups, such as the various Zionist organizations. But Easton's hypothesis that such a social grouping, based on a common characteristic (in this case, religion), may be expected to yield "similar kinds of activity-responses" in typical circumstances must be modified substantially by the record that follows. See The Political System ( New York, 1953), pp. 186-87.
2. This plan is suggested in Phillip Monypenny, "Political Science and the Study of Groups: Notes to Guide a Research Project," Western Political Quarterly, VII, No. 2 ( June, 1954), 183-201.
3. See Harold D. Lasswell and Abraham Kaplan, Power and Society ( New Haven, 1950), pp. 78-79.
4. Two sources which have vitally influenced the author's conception and use of these terms are Lasswell and Kaplan, Power and Society, Chapters IV-V, and Easton, The Political System, particularly pp. 116-24.
5. Acknowledgement is made to Irwin Oder, whose unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, "The United States and the Palestine Mandate, 1920-1948: A Study of Public Opinion and Policy-Making" ( Columbia University, 1956), provided helpful background for the Zionist question as it affected American governmental authorities.
6. An excellent book on these subjects is Ben Halpern, The Idea of the Jewish State ( Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1961), published too late to be consulted in this study.
CHAPTER 1
1. For surveys of the Jewish attachment to Palestine see AJC, Abraham G. Duker (ed.), Palestine in the New World ( New York, 1943), pp. 7-11; Ira Eisenstein , Palestine in the Life of the Jew ( New York, 1942); Milton Steinberg , The Making of the Modern Jew ( Indianapolis, 1933), Chapter XVI; The Bible, particularly Psalm 137 and the Book of Isaiah.
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See the list of abbreviations on p. xiii. In citations from the Central Zionist Archives (CZA), the character "Z" in the file reference appears as "Z."

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