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Jewish RadicalsA Documentary History$
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Tony Michels

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757437

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.001.0001

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“Jew and Arab” (1934)

“Jew and Arab” (1934)

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Jewish Radicals

Hayim Greenberg

NYU Press

This chapter argues that while Zionist settlement has helped to raise the standard of living of Palestinian Arabs, it has engendered a loss of Arab dignity. This loss, the chapter concludes, lies at the root of the conflict between Zionists and Arabs. The chapter compares their relationship to the Biblical siblings, Esau and Jacob, contending that that the Arabs, like Esau, have indeed obtained their dish of lentils, but what they desire more than mere sustenance is their birthright, their dignity. Such a conflict also mirrors several others in world history—that longing for the sense of “superiority” over others. The chapter ends, however, with the remark that “social physicians” are necessary to heal the tensions between the Jews and Arabs.

Keywords:   Jewish–Arab relations, Arab dignity, Zionist settlement, standard of living, social physicians

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