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Between Jew and Arab

The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz

David N. Myers

Publication Year: 2009

This book brings new attention to Simon Rawidowicz (1897-1957), the wide-ranging Jewish thinker and scholar who taught at Brandeis University in the 1950s. At the heart of Myers' book is a chapter that Rawidowicz wrote as a coda to his Hebrew tome Babylon and Jerusalem (1957) but never published. In it, Rawidowicz shifted his decades-long preoccupation with the "Jewish Question" to what he called the "Arab Question." Asserting that the "Arab Question" had become a most urgent political and moral matter for Jews after 1948, Rawidowicz called for an end to discrimination against Arabs resident in Israel--and more provocatively, for the repatriation of Arab refugees from 1948.

Myers' book is divided into two main sections. Part I introduces the life and intellectual development of Rawidowicz. It traces the evolution of his thinking about the "Jewish Question," namely, the status of Jews as a national minority in the Diaspora. Part II concentrates on the shift occasioned by the creation of the State of Israel, when Jews assumed political sovereignty and entered into a new relationship with the native Arab population. Myers analyzes the structure, content, and context of Rawidowicz's unpublished chapter on the "Arab Question," paying particular attention to Rawidowicz's calls for an end to discrimination against Arabs in Israel, on the one hand, and for the repatriation of those refugees who left Palestine in 1948, on the other.

The volume also includes a full English translation of "Between Jew and Arab," a timeline of significant events, and an appendix of official legal documents from Israel and the international community pertaining to the conflict.

Published by: Brandeis University Press

Cover, Title Page, Copyright

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p. vii


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pp. ix-x

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pp. 1-19

In the seemingly cease less struggle between Jews and Arabs over the land known alternately as Erets Yisrael and Palestine, few notions in spire as much passion and radical divergence as “the right of re turn.” Most Jews regard as historically...

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Part 1: The Jewish Question

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pp. 21-87

In 1957, Simon Rawidowicz ( fig. 1) could look back on his sixty years with a new found sense of fulfillment and purpose. After a peripatetic career as a Jewish scholar writing in He brew in the Diaspora, Rawidowicz joined the fledgling faculty...

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Part 2: The Arab Question

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pp. 89-134

Between Jew and Arab” was planned as an appendix to Rawidowicz’s massive Bavel vi-Yerushalayim. From the time that he arrived at Brandeis in 1951, he began to consolidate his thoughts on the Jewish past and future that...

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"Between Jew and Arab"

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pp. 135-180

From the day that I first broached the subject of Israel and Diaspora, I made a vow4 not to discuss publicly two issues: the foreign policy of...

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pp. 181-188

The motif of awakening one’s people from a deep and dangerous slumber is, as scholars remind us, a familiar theme in the history of modern nationalism.1 In the case of the Jews, a number of nineteenth- century journals edited by incipient...

Appendix A: Historical Timeline

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pp. 189-190

Appendix B: The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel (1948)

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pp. 191-193

Appendix C: The "Law of Return" (5710/1950)

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pp. 194-195

Appendix D: The "Nationality Law" (5712/1952)

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pp. 196-201

Appendix E: "The Land Acquisition (Validation of Acts and Compensation) Law" (5713/1953)

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pp. 202-206

Appendix F: United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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pp. 207-213

Appendix G: United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181, November 29, 1947

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pp. 214-235

Appendix H: United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194 (III)

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pp. 236-239

Appendix I: United Nations General Assembly Resolution 273 (III)

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p. 240


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pp. 241-288


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pp. 289-299

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pp. 301-303

Writing a book is, in most cases, a col laborative effort, and surely so in this case. The responsibility for any errors remains wholly mine, but I must acknowledge with deep gratitude those individuals and institutions whose...


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pp. 305-308

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781584658153
E-ISBN-10: 1584658150
Print-ISBN-13: 9781584657361

Page Count: 320
Publication Year: 2009

OCLC Number: 667076627
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  • Rawidowicz, Simon, 1897-1957 -- Criticism and interpretation.
  • Rawidowicz, Simon, 1897-1957.
  • Zionists -- Biography.
  • Israel -- Emigration and immigration.
  • Emigration and immigration -- Moral and ethical aspects.
  • Arab-Israeli conflict.
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