Zionism in an Arab Country: Jews in Iraq in the 1940s

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Psychology Press, 2004 - History - 285 pages
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Zionism in an Arab Country explores the relations between the Zionist establishment in Israel, and the Jewish community in Iraq. This relationship is centred on two organizations: a Zionist movement and a defense organization. By reviewing the activity of these organizations, Esther Meir-Glitzstein examines the decade preceding mass immigration, and reveals the political, societal, economic and cultural developments that shaped the history of Iraqi Jewry in this crucial period.
Beyond the main focus on the sphere of Zionist activity, Meir-Glitzstein also uncovers the basic problems that shaped both the development of Iraqi Jewry in the 1940s and the policy of the Zionist establishment - trapped between Arab nationalism and Jewish nationalism. Finally, she elucidates the reasons and circumstances that led to the mass immigration of Jews from Iraq to the state of Israel.
  

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Contents

Relations between the Jews British
13
The Reversal in Zionist Policy visavis the Jews
40
The Hehalutz Movement in Iraq
83
ChaptcrS Young Women in the Zionist Movement
116
The Zionist Struggle for the Jewish Street
134
Legal and Illegal Aliyah
159
ChapterS The Haganah
177
Iraqi Jewry during
195
The Zionist Movement in Iraq during
219
The Mass
239
Conclusion
261
Bibliography
270
Index
277
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Dr. Esther Meir-Glitzstein is a Lecturer in Jewish History in the Program for Israel Studies in Ben Gurion University of the Negev and Research Fellow, Ben Gurion Research Center. Her fields of research are the history of the Jews in Arab countries in the modern period, their emigration and the integration of Mizrahi immigrants in Israeli society.

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