Zionism and the Arabs: An American Jewish Dilemma, 1898-1948 (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1997 - Religion - 188 pages
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How have American Zionists maintained the delicate balance between their "Americanism" and their Zionism? How did they, as Americans, support the principle of democracy and at the same time, as Jews, support the creation of a Jewish homeland despite the pre-1948 Arab majority in Palestine? Looking at America-Holy Land relations during the years prior to the establishment of the state of Israel, Medoff explores this crucial question of American Jewish identity. Using original, previously unpublished archival material, this study presents an engaging account of a dilemma that is still very much an issue in today's political climate.
  

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Contents

The Day Nathan Straus Went to Church
1
The Arabs of Palestine What Early American Zionist Leaders Believed
9
Delaying Democracy for the Sake of Zionism
21
Playgrounds and Universities Early American Zionist Attempts to Improve ArabJewish Relations
33
Zionism and Democracy in the Wake of the 1929 Riots The View from America
51
Justice Brandeis Scholarship Fund
75
The Rise and Fall of Hadassahs Committee on ArabJewish Relations
95
American Zionist Leaders and the Palestinian Arabs During World War II
113
From Demographic Dilemma to Refugee Problem
139
Between Survival and Assimilation
161
Selected Bibliography
167
Index
183
About the Author
189
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DR. RAFAEL MEDOFF is Visiting Scholar in the Jewish Studies Program at the State University of New York, Purchase College.

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