Zionism, Post-Zionism and Fear of Arabness

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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
Subtitle of host publicationReasoning the Unreasonable
EditorsStephen Hessel, Michèle Huppert
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789042028074
ISBN (Print)9789042028067
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2010

Publication series

NameAt the Interface: Probing the Boundaries
ISSN (Print)1570-7113


  • Arabness
  • Ashkenazi
  • Mizrahi
  • Post-Zionism
  • fear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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