The Tragedy of Zionism: How Its Revolutionary Past Haunts Israeli Democracy

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Helios Press, 2002 - Political Science - 389 pages
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The subject of intense controversy when it was first published in 1985, The Tragedy of Zionism provides illuminating insight into the history behind the headlines. Now revised, this poignant chronicle addresses timely and compelling questions: could Israel be a democratic state if, in the name of being a Jewish state, it discriminated against non-Jews, including a fifth of its citizens who are of Palestinian Arab origin? Could it be a Jewish state without granting a privileged position to Jewish orthodoxy? The Tragedy of Zionism calls for democracy as an end in itself, not as a political luxury, but as an indispensable means to settle disputes nonviolently.

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BERNARD AVISHAI is consulting editor at the Harvard Business Review. Formerly a professor of business at Duke University and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, he has written for the New Yorker, Harper s Magazine, the New York Review of Books, and Slate, among others. He lives in Wilmot, New Hampshire, and in Jerusalem.

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