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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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Jewish Upbuilding Is Revolutionizing Palestine (1939)

Jewish Upbuilding Is Revolutionizing Palestine (1939)

(p.312) 61 Jewish Upbuilding Is Revolutionizing Palestine (1939)
Jewish Radicals

Bezalel Sherman

NYU Press

This chapter argues that it is the duty of true socialists to support the Jewish upbuilding in Palestine. It contextualizes this project within British imperialism and the conflicts with the Arabs, noting that the British pro-Arab policy was a means to stave off a growing nationalist sentiment among the Arabs—a sentiment that is also anti-imperialist, and therefore aimed at the Jews rather than the English. Given this conflict of interests among the three sides, the chapter provides two considerations that are in favor of supporting the Zionist cause: facilitating the escape of a people from a brutal history by offering them refuge in Palestine, and evaluating events and processes from the point of view of their effect on the play of social forces. A movement is progressive if it advances the cause of social liberation; it is reactionary if it is detrimental to that cause.

Keywords:   Jewish upbuilding, pro-Arab policy, British imperialism, Arab nationalist movement, Zionism, Palestine

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