NATION, SOCIETY AND THE STATE

THE RECONCILIATION OF PALESTINIAN AND JEWISH NATIONHOOD

by dr. abraham Weizfeld


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Language : English
Publication Date : 3/9/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 456
ISBN : 9781468545289
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Page Count : 456
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About the Book

This work treats the European political philosophy that has engendered the Nation-State concept -- considered to be the logical evolution of human history as a linear periodization into the Modern State. This Modern State concept is treated as the end of history in liberal democratic theory, in spite of it remaining a European phenomenon. Where it has been imposed beyond the European political culture it has provoked a plague of civil wars and occupations, such as in Palestine. In Europe itself it has also resulted in such features as the Spanish Inquisition, the latter-day Spanish civil war and the fascist dictatorship that followed, as well as the Nazi regime and its Holocaust in alliance with the various fascist allies seeking their own Nation-State. Various attempts have followed in Europe itself to overcome the Nation-State itself by means of the European Union which sought to unite the Nation-States with a federated effort to bring some stability to the economy and life of the region in light of the disastrous wars of the twentieth century. The contradictions of the Nation-State and Federalism become ever more apparent as the EU now descends into economic chaos. This sub-title invites a comparison and a contrast between the Jewish political-culture and the Zionist movement. One may consider political-culture as encompassing Civil Society, history, religious theology and law; comprising a collective consciousness, this historical heritage forms a national identity which is currently oriented into nationalism by the State. The endurance of national identity apart from the State and with the extinction of the State is projected as the basis of an independent Civil Society.


About the Author

dr. abraham Weizfeld B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. cand., is an activist, since 1967, with Palestinian and socialist movements in Canada and Québec, including periods in Toronto, Waterloo (1970 - 75), Ottawa (1982 - 85), and Montréal (1986 - ). Raised in a refugee Jewish family of parents who escaped the ghettos of Warsaw and Lublin, he carries the heritage of the Jewish Workers’ Bund of Warsaw; a socialist Jewish movement that contested the Zionist minority tendency in the Jewish political culture of Europe. His two published works are the documentary study Sabra and Shatila (1984, 2009) and The End of Zionism: and the liberation of the Jewish People (Clarity, 1989), an anthology of Jewish dissident writings. After meeting Yasser Arafat in Beirut during the 1980 solidarity conference, he worked as assistant to the unofficial Palestine Embassy during the first 1982-85 Israel invasion of Lebanon. His doctoral thesis, accepted by the Département de science politique at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2005, critiqued the Hegelian concept of ‘Nation-State’. This Thesis is entitled, ‘Nation, Society and The State: the reconciliation of Palestinian and Jewish Nationhood’. As co-founder of the Alliance of Non-Zionist Jews in Toronto 1974, founder of the J-PLO (Jewish People’s Liberation Organization) in 1988, and co-founder of the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians in 2005, Weizfeld works to build the international Jewish opposition. During the Fall of 2011 Weizfeld worked for three months with the Tanweer Cultural Enlightenment Forum in Nablus, Palestine.