lockard on 26 Oct 2000 23:47:33 -0000

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Re: <nettime> Re: Palestinians as Myth

On Thu, 26 Oct 2000, robert adrian wrote:

> Zionism is a nationalist movement born in Vienna
> in the last years of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
> It resulted from the awareness that, while all the
> other "nations" in the empire (including the
> dominant German-Austrians) had a national territory
> or "homeland", the jews had none ... which left
> them stranded as almost the only citizens of
> Austria-Hungary with no claims to nationhood. 

Incorrect.  Zionism has a lengthy intellectual history that predated
Herzl's belated ideological re-elaboration by a couple centuries.  The
above is the usual tired Eurocentric version that excludes Mizrachi
popular and literary thought, implicitly positing that only what happens
in Europe is 'serious' history.  It's a Fodor's Guide version of
intellectual history, and neither accurate nor serious.

In a sense, possibly this error reiterates some problematic aspects of
Internet culture discussions that privilege Euro-American culture as
central and dominant.  

Joe Lockard



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