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By Evelyn Shakir

Evelyn Shakir's witty, clever, and wonderfully written memoir explores her prestige as an Arab American girl, from the delicate bigotry she confronted in Massachusetts as a second-generation Lebanese whose mom and dad weren't simply overseas yet eccentric, to the both poignant mix of dislocation and homecoming she felt in Bahrain, Syria, and Lebanon, the place she taught American literature to school scholars. She without problems combines own anecdote with cultural, political, and ancient heritage, and is incapable of stereotyped considering: one of many book's many pleasures is the variety she unearths one of the humans she encounters within the center East, together with not just scholars, yet cab drivers, storekeepers, and the fellows who make the spinach pies on the bakery down the road from her house. As Shakir explores her personal identification, she leads the reader to an appreciation of the richness and complexity of being Arab American (or any combined history) in an more and more small global.

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Eretz Israel will be restored to the people of Israel. All of it. And for ever’. Civil war in Palestine, November 1947 to May 1948 KEY TERM Eretz Israel The Land of Israel, as in the Bible. In effect, this meant the whole of Palestine, not just the area allocated to the Jewish state by the UN. Why was there a civil war in Palestine? A few days after the UN voted for partition, the Arab Higher Committee proclaimed a three-day strike that led to outbreaks of violence against Jewish civilians. However, the Jewish Agency and its forces were ready to respond.

The British authorities stopped boatloads of illegal Jewish immigrants from landing in Palestine. The British knew that Jewish immigration angered the Arabs and, when violence broke out between Jews and Arabs, British troops and police had to keep order. The British realized that further Jewish immigration would be resisted by the Arabs and lead to civil war, so they refused to agree to any increase in immigration. The Haganah, for their part, did all they could to obstruct the British and to assist illegal immigration.

Why was US support so important for the Zionists? indb 31 04/12/2012 15:02 had the support of the Jewish population in the USA who could, in turn, put pressure on the US government. There were four and a half million Jewish Americans, two million of them in New York city alone. By the end of the war, nearly all of them were Zionists, convinced of the need to establish an independent Jewish state for the millions of Jewish refugees who had survived the Nazi Holocaust in Europe. As early as May 1942, when news was only just beginning to emerge of the Nazi extermination of the Jews, the US Zionist conference had declared their support for a ‘Jewish commonwealth’ in all of Palestine.

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