An Uninvited Reunion



While one community considers it as their Holy Land, another has termed it as naqba , or catastrophe – The State of Israel.

Judah Magnes

Judah Magnes

As the holocaust entered its most horrific development in 1942, a political party named Iduh, Hebrew for unity, was formed in Palestine. This was the brainchild of an American pacifist rabbi named Judah Magnes. He argued for a binational state in the region of Palestine to be occupied by both Jews and Arabs. This was supported by like-minded idealists. However, their efforts were heavily criticized and the very idea was met by great detest by the public themselves.

As the United Nations continue to ponder over a disagreement that has spanned over decades of intense strife, a variant of Magnes’ idea – being that of a single state nation is returning to vogue. Although the opposition is quite heavy, it is supported by left-wing Western circles and a growing minority of Palestinians. This is complemented by the notion of Post-Zionism being aired among an increasing number of Israeli intellectuals.

Former speaker of the Knesset, Avraham Burg notes that “I have no doubt something is emerging, though I am not sure as to what it is”. Avi Shalim, a noted chronicler of the Israel-Palestine saga has opined “to supporting a one-state solution for equal rights for all citizens”. Although, he does agree, that every attempt for the same have been swiftly killed off by the ruling government at the time.

However, it remains to be seen whether Jerusalem would continue to be seen as a divided capital.

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