Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Obituaries

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Obituaries

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Amos Elon, 82, died of leukemia May 25 in Tuscany, Italy. One of Israel's most provocative and critical writers, he helped chronicle Jewish history during his 30-year career as a foreign affairs correspondent and editorial writer for Haaretz. Born in Vienna, he immigrated to Palestine with his family in 1933. Citing his young age, Elon said he never considered himself "an ideological Israeli," and as a journalist helped provide a more balanced view of the Arab-Israeli conflict. His numerous works range from biographies and memoirs to political studies on Middle Eastern affairs. Beginning with the 1967 war, Elon become a resounding critic of the Israeli government's policies. His most famous book, The Israelis: Founders and Sons (1971), disapproved of the mythology that had grown to surround the country's Zionist founders. Elon reframed them as idealistic European pioneers ruthlessly blinded by an ancient claim for Palestine but ignoring the fate of indigenous Arabs. A contributor to the New York Review of Books, he wrote extensively about the Arab-Israeli conflict over the years, with increasing negativity. …

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