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Becoming HebrewThe Creation of a Jewish National Culture in Ottoman Palestine$
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Arieh B. Saposnik

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331219.001.0001

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 The Uganda Affair

 The Uganda Affair

Soils for National Culture

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(p.41) 3 The Uganda Affair
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Becoming Hebrew
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Arieh Bruce Saposnik

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331219.003.0004

This chapter examines the impact of the “Uganda proposal” on Zionist cultural activity in Palestine. The small Zionist Yishuv (prestate community) was deeply divided between supporters and opponents of a British offer of what some understood to be Jewish statehood in East Africa. In the bitter debate that ensued, political‐organizational divisions and personal rivalries fused with ideological discord and divergent visions of Jewish nationhood and the future national culture. Both sides considered their opponents to be exemplars of “exilic” thinking, evidence of Jewish disease, and lack of a healthy national constitution. Ultimately, the chapter argues, the controversy helped to give new form to the discourse of Zionism in Palestine and to the character of the Yishuv's public spaces, as holidays and community celebrations were given the form of a national liturgy.

Keywords:   Celebrations, Exile, Great Britain, Holidays, Jewish statehood, National liturgy, Public space, Uganda

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