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Six Singular Figures : Understanding the Conflict: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate (Paperback)

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This is that story of six people who lived and worked in Palestine in the 1930s; remarkable nonconformists who tried to find a solution to the deteriorating relations between Jews and Arabs, the two people living under British Mandate rule. Some took an active part in dialogues between the two peoples and believed that it was possible to live together, altthough they knew that the chances were slim. When World War II broke out, the contacts ended. Two Jews-Manya Shocat and Judah Leib Magnes; two Arabs-Mussa Alami and George Antonius; and two Britons-Arthur Wauchope and Order Wingate, left their distinctive mark on the events of that period, when the Arabs of Plaestine realized that they might become a minority under the Jews, whose numbers where growing because of the persection in Europe. Hadara Lazar has spoken to the descendants of these six individuals and has explored archives and libraries, in Israel and abroad, to produce a book whose personal voice places it squarely in the middle ground between history and literature. Succinctly and with spellbinding narrative skill, she describes the uniqueness, the inner stife, the controversial actions, and the extraordinary, sometimes tragic, lives of her six subjects. And through their portraits, a trubulent and fateful period emerges from the past, during which it might have been possible to preven what has happened and is still happening between Jews and Arabs today.

This is that story of six people who lived and worked in Palestine in the 1930s; remarkable nonconformists who tried to find a solution to the deteriorating relations between Jews and Arabs, the two people living under British Mandate rule. Some took an active part in dialogues between the two peoples and believed that it was possible to live together, altthough they knew that the chances were slim. When World War II broke out, the contacts ended. Two Jews-Manya Shocat and Judah Leib Magnes; two Arabs-Mussa Alami and George Antonius; and two Britons-Arthur Wauchope and Order Wingate, left their distinctive mark on the events of that period, when the Arabs of Plaestine realized that they might become a minority under the Jews, whose numbers where growing because of the persection in Europe. Hadara Lazar has spoken to the descendants of these six individuals and has explored archives and libraries, in Israel and abroad, to produce a book whose personal voice places it squarely in the middle ground between history and literature. Succinctly and with spellbinding narrative skill, she describes the uniqueness, the inner stife, the controversial actions, and the extraordinary, sometimes tragic, lives of her six subjects. And through their portraits, a trubulent and fateful period emerges from the past, during which it might have been possible to preven what has happened and is still happening between Jews and Arabs today.

Number of Pages: 271
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Middle East / General, Middle East / Israel, Jewish
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Atlasbooks Dist Serv
Author: Hadara Lazar
Language: English
Street Date: June 16, 2015
TCIN: 17173996
UPC: 9781771611121
Item Number (DPCI): 247-02-8294

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