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Zionism in Arab discourses presents a ground-breaking study of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Through analyses of hundreds of texts written by Arab Islamists and liberals from the late-nineteenth century to the 'Arab Spring', the book demonstrates that the Zionist enterprise has played a dual function of an enemy and a by: 2. The book was a sequel to Orientalism and is one of three books, the third being Covering Islam, that Said wrote at the end of the s and in the early s. The Question of Palestine is his take on how Palestine was dispossessed and how Zionism is really a European project. This suspicion was further fueled by the Zionist slogans of the “redemption of the land” and the “conquest of labor”. Increasingly, the Arab population revolted against Zionist encroachment. Even then, the resistance was decried as “terrorism” by the Zionists. The political development amounted to a division of the country. There is, on the face of it, no more need for a book on the Arabs and the Holocaust than for a book on the Africans or the Australians and the Holocaust. But Israel was created in the Arab world, and Israelis and Arabs have long been fighting a bitter war about both the nature of Israel and that of Arab opposition to Zionism.
Thirty years ago or more, when the Palestinian left organisations were still influential within the PLO, they argued that Palestinians had three enemies: Zionism, imperialism and Arab reaction This slogan has been little heard in recent years, but the latest developments throw a revealing light on this partnership of interests, and on the need for a strategy to combat all three. Many Arab officials and Israeli "New Historians" describe early Zionist attitudes toward the Arab population of Palestine as dismissive or arrogant. Books and pamphlets from the time tell a different story. Ben-Gurion: Our Arab Brethren During World War. This suspicion was further fueled by the Zionist slogans of the “redemption of the land” and the “conquest of labor”. Increasingly, the Arab population revolted against Zionist encroachment. Even then, the resistance was decried as “terrorism” by the Zionists. The political development amounted to a division of the country. Natasha Gill is the founder and director of TRACK4, which runs negotiation simulations for mediators, diplomats, journalists, policy makers, students and people directly involved in conflict. A viable peace process does not require either party to embrace or even recognize the legitimacy of the other's narrative.
The book first offers a chronological overview of the Islamist ideological opposition to Zionism. It portrays the main characteristics of and driving forces behind this resistance and explores the different pragmatic approaches toward Israel that have developed in the various epochs of Islamist thought. The book fast forwards to the uneasy and often hostile relationships between Arabs and Jews in the very different circumstances of those cities today. It is telling that it was criticized by some as an expression of nostalgia for an idealized or irretrievable past or wishful thinking about an unattainable future. Spanning several decades, Ella Shohat's work has introduced conceptual frameworks that fundamentally challenged conventional understandings of Palestine, Zionism and the Middle East, focusing on the pivotal figure of the Arab-Jew. This book gathers together her most influential political essays, interviews, speeches, testimonies and memoirs, as well as previously unpublished material. Zionism, Jewish nationalist movement that originated in eastern and central Europe in the latter part of the 19th century that has had as its goal the creation and support of a Jewish national state in Palestine, the ancient homeland of the Jews. Learn more about the history of Zionism in this article.