"The book presents several interpretations of Zionism and the post-Zionist alternatives currently proposed for it as political theories for the Jews. It explicates their historiographical, philosophical and moral foundations and their implications for the relationships between Jews and Arabs in Israel/Palestine and between Jews in Israel and world Jews"--
The legitimacy of the Zionist project--establishing a Jewish homeland in Palestine--has been questioned since its inception. In recent years, the voices challenging the legitimacy of the State of Israel have become even louder. Chaim Gans examines these doubts and presents an in-depth, evenhanded philosophical analysis of the justice of Zionism. Today, alongside a violent Middle East where many refuse to accept Israel's existence, there are two academically respectable arguments for the injustice of Zionism. One claim is that the very return of the Jews to Palestine was unjust. The second argument is that Zionism is an exclusivist ethnocultural nationalism out of step with current visions of multicultural nationhood. While many therefore claim that Zionism is in principle an unjust political philosophy, Gans seeks out a more nuanced ground to explain why Zionism, despite its manifest flaws, could in principle be just. Its flaws stem from the current situation, where exigencies have distorted its implementation, and from historical forces that have ended up favoring an extreme form of Jewish hegemony. For Gans, the justice of Zionism and of Israel are not black-and-white propositions. Rather, they are projects in need of repair, which can be achieved by reconceptualizing the Jews' relationship with the Palestinian population and by adhering to a significantly more limited version of Jewish hegemony. Ultimately, A Just Zionism offers a concrete, historically and geographically rooted investigation of the limits of contemporary nationalism in one of the world's most fraught cases.
The Concept in British Political Thinking and Policy Making 1917-1923
Author: Dvorah Barzilay-Yegar
Category: Balfour Declaration
What was the concept of 'A National Home for the Jewish People, ' where did it come from, and how was it defined? Barzilay-Yegar traces the shifting meanings of the phrase from its first coining in the Balfour Declaration of 1917, to international recognition when it was included in the League of Nations' Mandate for Britain to administer Palestine, granted in 1923. The concept remained elastic throughout this period, and interpretations were made to suit different political and philosophical standpoints. This was done on two levels: the theoretical thinking which followed the drafting of the Mandate, and the actual political practice in Palestine. The first part of the book deals with the various definitions given to 'A National Home' during the Military Administration in response to pressures applied to British politicians, the background of Jewish-Arab expectations, and the economic and administrative problems caused by the policy of keeping the status-quo. The second part deals with the period of the Civil Administration and describes the efforts to define the concept until the White Paper of 1922. This book is essential reading for anyone wanting to know more about how the Balfour Declaration went from ideal to actuality, and to understand the various pressures applied to British politicians to make it happen. [Subject: History, Jewish Studies, Politics, Middle East Studies]Ã?Â?Ã?Â?
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