Zionism, post-Zionism and fear of arabness

Henriette Dahan Kalev

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


In this paper I discuss the fear of Arabness expressed by Jews of European and American origin, often called in Hebrew Ashkenazim. I explore the impact of the expressions of fear on Jews of Arab origin and the Jews of Moslem countries who have lived in Israel since the establishment of the state - often referred to as Mizrahim. Texts of Post-Zionist and postcolonial critics of Arab-Jewishness shed light on the experience of Mizrahim and Palestinians of being feared. In the last part of the discussion I present some of the Mizrahim’s political reaction to this experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFear Itself: Reasoning the Unreasonable
EditorsStephen Hessel , Michèle Huppert
ISBN (Print)9789042028074
StatePublished - 2010


  • Literature
  • Arts & Science
  • Literature and Cultural Studies
  • General
  • Social Sciences


Dive into the research topics of 'Zionism, post-Zionism and fear of arabness'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this