The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland

By Shlomo Sand

What's a place of origin and whilst does it turn into a countrywide territory? Why have such a lot of humans been keen to die for such areas in the course of the 20th century? what's the essence of the Promised Land? Following the acclaimed and debatable The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand examines the mysterious sacred land that has develop into the location of the longest-running nationwide fight of the 20th and twenty-first centuries.

The Invention of the Land of Israel deconstructs the age-old legends surrounding the Holy Land and the prejudices that proceed to suffocate it. Sand’s account dissects the idea that of “historical correct” and tracks the construction of the fashionable thought of the “Land of Israel” via nineteenth-century Evangelical Protestants and Jewish Zionists. This invention, he argues, not just facilitated the colonization of the center East and the institution of the country of Israel; it's also threatening the lifestyles of the Jewish country at the present time.

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Forty three From the Nineteen Thirties onward, so much Zionist historians have been demanding at paintings developing and protecting the “Land of Israel” because the concentration of Jewish adventure. It was once in this interval that we see the start of effective and constant construction of a brand new form of collective id that reshaped the Jewish previous, making it extra territorial. simply because Jewish historiography—from Isaak Markus Jost, the fashionable period’s first Jewish student of the prior, to Simon Dubnow, an important Jewish historian of his time—had been neither Palestinocentric nor Zionist, the historians from the Hebrew college needed to burn up nice attempt to wipe away its dangerously non-nationalist writings. whilst, in addition they had not just to craft a story demonstrating that there had consistently been one Jewish humans, which had originated within the Land of Israel, but in addition to counterbalance and expunge the lengthy Jewish historical past that stood towards the “return to Zion” because the nationwide secular target of worldwide Jewry. Early during this technique, so one can entrench the belief of the Jewish correct to the Land, significant Zionist activists comparable to Israel Belkind, David Ben-Gurion, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, and others tried to turn out that the Arabs of the rustic have been historic descendants of the Jews. although, the insurrection of 1929 positioned a short finish to the “ethnoracial unification of those parts of the folks. ” consequently, Ben-Zion Dinur and his colleagues took it upon themselves to persuade the Jewish readership that among the destruction of the Temple and the trendy interval, there have been a extra genuine Jewish presence within the Land of Israel. They argued that there had consistently been robust Jewish groups within the Land, which have been bolstered and multiplied by way of waves of Jewish immigration over the generations. It was once no basic subject to end up those questionable theses, yet with loads of persuasiveness, a robust wish to think within the righteousness of the process, and the constant help and investment of the Zionist institution, the development of this new previous received lower than method and finally completed complete pedagogical good fortune. The resource that most sensible displays this blind force to record a constant Jewish presence within the meant place of birth because the foundation for the Jewish correct to the Land used to be the multivolume anthology Sefer ha-Yishuv, whose ebook begun in 1939. forty four The undertaking was once edited by means of Samuel Klein, the 1st vital geographer on the Hebrew college of Jerusalem, and contained each shred of proof of a Jewish presence in Palestine among 70 CE and 1882. In his advent to the gathering, Ben-Zion Dinur stated that “ironically, the Land whose alterations in future merge with the dispersed country to shape a unmarried historic unit has now not but been paid the eye it merits by means of the Jewish historiography. ”45 This marked the start of the writing of a brand new heritage of either the folks and the Land, the character of which has replaced little till this present day. Dinur used to be not just a skilled author but in addition a multitrack agent of reminiscence.

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