After Jews And Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture by Ammiel Alcalay

By Ammiel Alcalay

Alcalay (Hebrew literature, urban U. of latest York) argues that the very components of the historic family members among Jews and Arabs, and the character of the Levant itself, offer instruments for resolving the present state of affairs within the center East. His sections disguise discontinued traces drafts for an itinerary,

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This position of authority— whether composed of coalition or opposition members—slowly produced a sense of kinship and identical interests between the diverse streams, if not internally then at least externally—in terms of the Arab minority, whom everyone perceived as a threat, and also towards the Oriental Jews whom everyone perceived as different and as cultural outsiders. 11 One can add the obvious here: except in the case of the major parties themselves, which were almost exclusively Ashkenazi.

The further I went into investigating the issue, as well as being a full participant in the events taking place in the Land of Israel for over fifty years following the "numbered" immigrations — as well as those prior—a film of errors passes before me, filled with the inability to take into account the inhabitants that have lived in our land for hundreds of years—not just the Arabs but, to my regret, the Jews as well. . In particular one must point out, with great sorrow, the contempt for our neighbors held by a good portion of Israeli citizens.

My husband was crying and so was I. Then the children started crying and our sobs went up to heaven and cast a pall over the train. Since it was a freight carriage it had no electric light, but as it sped along we thought of the death trains which had taken European Jews to the Nazi camps. Finally we reached the "Sha'ar Ha'aliya" camp and we were taken in with other families, then they wrote down our names and "gave" us new Hebrew names. "Said" became "Hayyim," "Su'ad" became "Tamar" and I was renamed "Ahuva" and so on.

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