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Who Owns the Land?

EARLY ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN ZIONISTS AND INDIGENOUS ARABS IN PALESTINE by Joshua Krug from the Summer 2016 issue of Jewish Currents IN THEODOR HERZL’S 1902 novel, Altneuland, his prototypical Arab character, Rashid Bey, asks: “Would you call a man a robber who takes nothing from you, but brings you something instead? The Jews have enriched us.” […]

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April 21: Baron de Hirsch

Baron Maurice de Hirsch, the German Jewish philanthropist who, before the Zionist movement was launched, took great interest in turning the Jews into an agricultural people, died at 65 on this date in 1896. Baron de Hirsch was the founder and funder of the Jewish Colonization Association, which brought thousands of mostly impoverished Jews from […]

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August 14: Jewish Cowboys

On this date in 1889, 130 Russian Jewish families arrived in Argentina on the S.S. Weser and formed the settlement of Moisés Ville, named for Baron Maurice de Hirsch. Their presence and early rough-going inspired de Hirsch to create the Jewish Colonization Association, which would soon help support more than 200,000 Jews on agricultural settlements […]

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August 28: Jewish Agriculture in America

A Jewish agricultural colony named Carmel was established on this date in 1891 in New Jersey by Baron Maurice de Hirsch’s Jewish Colonization Association of Paris. By 1900, eighty-nine Jewish families lived there, with nineteen surviving exclusively through farming. The first such Jewish agricultural settlement in America had been established in Wawarsing, New York in […]

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Jews in Latin America: Past and Present

Facing Problems of Social Transformation by Paul Horowitz Originally published in the September, 1981 issue of Jewish Currents Reviewed in this Essay: Jews of the Latin American Republics, by Judith Laikin Elkin. University of North Carolina Press, 1980, 313 pages. IN THE EARLY 1970S THE EARLY CHILEAN RIGHT Tried to focus middle-class and elite anger, unleashed […]

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