Morris Jastrow’s controversial Zionism and the Future of Palestine was published in 1919, and its ominous predictions of violence have become a reality in our current world affairs. Arguing against the creation of a Jewish state, Jastrow felt that equal rights for those of the Jewish faith should be the goal in the already existing Palestinian territory. Defining the differences between religious, economic, and political Zionism, it is the third of these tenets that Jastrow feared would lead to the region’s instability. This Semitic opposition to the creation of a Jewish state is a unique and fascinating perspective on this ongoing and contentious debate.
- Title: Zionism and the Future of Palestine
- Author: Morris Jastrow
- Publisher: MacMillan
- Publication Date: 1919
- Pages: 159
About Morris Jastrow
Morris Jastrow (1861–1921) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he became a Professor of Semitic languages and worked in the school’s library. He served as an editor for the Jewish Publication Society’s Jewish Encyclopedia from 1911–1906. A prolific researcher and writer, Jastrow published over a dozen books and became president of the American Oriental Society in 1915.