Zionism and the Arabs, 1882-1948: A Study of Ideology

Zionism and the Arabs, 1882-1948: A Study of Ideology

Zionism and the Arabs, 1882-1948: A Study of Ideology

Zionism and the Arabs, 1882-1948: A Study of Ideology

Synopsis

Examines the attitudes of Jewish settlers and Zionist intellectual and political leaders towards the Arab population in the period when Jewish settlement began in Palestine, and shows that the ideological principles of Zionism were a decisive influence throughout the world.

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THIS study was written in sections over a lengthy period. It was started in wartime, and completed in wartime. I began writing in the wake of the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and completed the task during the Lebanon War.

During the last hundred years the Zionist movement has changed the course of Jewish history in several respects. One of them is in the protracted problem of Jews vis-à-vis non-Jews. By this I am implying that the relations which have evolved in Palestine between the two peoples over the past century are totally different from those of the Jewish people with any other nation throughout its lengthy history. Through the return to their homeland in Palestine the Jews, as a nation, became the instigators of historic changes, whereas in the Diaspora they were, at most, participants in such processes. To the extent that they exerted influence, it was usually as individuals, remote from their origins. This book deals with a unique period in the annals of the Jewish people. It is not my intention to survey the history of the Jewish-Arab dispute from early Zionist settlement in Palestine to the establishment of the State of Israel. Nor do I claim to document changing Zionist attitudes towards the Arab question, and the factors which shaped them in different periods. My theme is the ideological dimension of Zionist policy and practice as expressed in the attitude to the Arab question, and its connection to the Jewish problem.

Y.G.

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