America's Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from by Lawrence Davidson

By Lawrence Davidson

In a revisionist examine the historical past of U.S. family with Palestine, Lawrence Davidson deals a severe learn of the evolution of yank well known and governmental perceptions of Zionism and Palestine, from the Balfour statement of 1917 to the founding of Israel in 1948. Zionism, which sought to rework Palestine right into a Jewish country, emphasised the biblical and non secular connections of the West to Palestine. Davidson argues that this orientation predisposed the yank humans to work out Zionism as a sort of "altruistic" imperialism that will deliver civilization to a backward a part of the area. even if, American Zionists met resistance from the kingdom division, really the department of close to jap Affairs, whose impartial stance till 1945 was once formed by means of a terror of international entanglements. Exploring emerging tensions on either side, Davidson describes how the yank Zionists overcame this resistance and outmaneuvered the kingdom division by utilizing lobbying thoughts and appeals to renowned sentiment. displaying how a strong and decided curiosity team became the U.S. political approach to its virtue and formed overseas coverage, America's Palestine is a vital learn of 1 of the 20 th century's such a lot debatable foreign tales.

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General Allenby was literally picking up where Richard the Lionhearted had left off. 5 inches) front-page political cartoon appearing in the Chicago Tribune on November 18, 1917. Under the title “The Holy City,” there appears a two-story building in Jerusalem, beyond which the Turkish and British forces battle. In front of the building stands a Turkish soldier armed with both rifle and sword. At the balcony window on the second story of the building there is a woman leaning out with her right arm extended and an anguished look on her face.

That rejoices the hearts of Jews and Christians. . ”38 The Los Angeles Times played the story to the same refrain. A. Times editorial stated that for “twenty centuries the conquering Moslem left the trail of his bloodstained sandal in cruel patterns on every road of that sacred soil. . and now for all mankind a great light has suddenly dawned. The dream of centuries has been realized. Jerusalem has been redeemed. . ”40 The Chicago Tribune of November 19, 1917, took a similar though somewhat less vitriolic approach.

56 While, as we shall shortly see, this reporting was generally exaggerated, its main fault lay in concentrating on the hardship of one segment of the population when suffering was shared by all. During the first half of the year the Times coverage (some of it reprinted from another paper, the Jewish Chronicle) built up expectations of imminent disaster for the Jews of Palestine. This was often associated with the draconian policies of the Turks, who shifted populations about and confiscated food and animals in their war effort against the British.

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