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Table of Contents Issue 1 ~ Spring 2001
Three Reflections on Zionism
Asher Biemann
Zionism has always been a multi-faceted movement, representing various strains of Jewish identity and responses to modernity. Prior to the establishment of the State of Israel, European Zionism embodied three sets of tensions in Jewish thought and existence: return and revolution; repair and regeneration; landless illusion and territorial realization.

The Myth of Jewish “Colonialism”: Demographics and Development in Palestine
David Wollenberg
It has long been argued that Zionism disrupted and exploited an Arab population that had lived undisturbed in Palestine for centuries. Yet a demographic analysis of the region before and during Jewish settlement reveals a very different picture.

Will There Be Refuge for the Refugees?
Benjamin Smolley
Palestinian refugees from Israel’s War of Independence have remained in squalid refugee camps since 1948. Why have the refugees remained dispossessed for so long, and what are the hopes for solving this problem?

The Old-New P.L.O.
Eric Trager
The Oslo Accords of 1993 sought to create a viable self-government for Arabs living within Israel’s post-1967 borders. But the belief that underlay this agreement—that the Palestine Liberation Organization could become a responsible, democratic self-government—has proven to be little more than wishful thinking.

Comments: Azmi Bishara and the Rhetoric of Binationalism
Reihan Salam
Azmi Bishara is a self-described Palestinian nationalist and member of the Israeli Knesset, but beware of his vision for Israel’s future.

From the Source: Arafat to His People
Ronen Mukamel
A closer look at what Nobel Peace Laureate Yassir Arafat says in the Arab Press.

Tomorrow's Hope
Ari Ezra Waldman
Why do Israelis continue to fight, and why should we care?


This Issue

HIR Notebook
Compiled by the editors

What Many Liberals Can't See Arthur Hertzberg

The Costs of U.S. Aid to Israel
Daniel Feith

Reviving Religious Zionism
Daniel Shoag

Hudna-winked: How Hamas Fooled the Media
Adam Levine

HIR Book Review - Illegal Construction: a Legal Deconstruction
Max Davis

Security Fences Make Good Neighbors
Eric Trager

The State of the Jewish State
An Interview with Efraim Karsh