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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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“Give Up the Illusion of Building a Jewish Homeland” (1936)

“Give Up the Illusion of Building a Jewish Homeland” (1936)

(p.308) 60 “Give Up the Illusion of Building a Jewish Homeland” (1936)
Jewish Radicals

Samuel Weiss

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This chapter is a critique of Zionism in response to the Great Arab Revolt that raged in Palestine between 1936 and 1939. Authored by Socialist Party member Samuel Weiss, the chapter argues that Zionism, in accordance with its illusion of building a homeland for Jews in Palestine, is constantly pursuing the policy of taking over the economic positions of the native population. However, Weiss also calls for open Jewish immigration to Palestine, contrary to the demand of Arab nationalists and many left-wing anti-Zionists. The chapter closes with a socialist vision that can resolve the Jewish problem in Palestine and promote working-class unity among the Jews and Arabs.

Keywords:   Zionism, Great Arab Revolt, Palestine, open Jewish immigration, working-class unity

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