Colonial language behavior and identity formation

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Colonial language behavior and identity formation

Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window No. What is not popularly recognized is how the Arab world benefited from the Balfour Declaration and how it served the Arab world in their nationalist goals and helped advance their own independence from the colonial powers of England and France.

As such, this is yet another example of psychological manipulation for political purposes. Hence, the importance of denial of Jewish rights, history, and claims to the area.

Psychological factors often play a role in the development of political views. Once perceptions change, attitudes and behavior change as well, leading to partial and ultimately biased views of historical and political reality. Language thus becomes an important psychological tool both in correctly describing events and in perpetuating beliefs based on narratives that do not accurately reflect history.

Columbia University Professor Joseph Massad is among those that have portrayed Israel as a colonial entity based on an illegitimate and racist movement, namely Zionism. The Balfour Declaration The Balfour Declaration is historically viewed as the document that first recognized the rights of Jews to a national home and independence in Palestine.

Accordingly, it is perceived in the Arab world as a document that began what was seen as an illegitimate process of dispossessing Arabs from their lands. What is not popularly recognized, however, is how the Arab world benefited from the Balfour Declaration and how it helped advance their own independence from the colonial powers of England and France.

Nowhere is this made clearer than in the Peel Commission Report ofwhich stated: The fact that the Balfour Declaration was issued in order to enlist Jewish support for the Allies and the fact that this support was forthcoming are not sufficiently appreciated in Palestine.

If the Turks and their German allies had won the War, it is improbable that all the Arab countries, except Palestine, would now have become or be about to become independent states. The failure of this agreement, and the resultant conflict that ensued, was a result of the French refusal to relinquish their colonial control and recognize the rights of Emir Feisal in Syria.

Jews are nowhere to be found in the history of the land and have nothing to do with its past. In popular Palestinian media, the notion of lack of historical connection between the Jews and Palestine has also been promoted, such as with television broadcasts denying any Jewish connection to the Western Wall.

Palestinian spokespersons claim that since Jews are members of a religion and not a nation, any nationalistic aspirations based on a specific territory are invalid.

The historical reality is quite different from what the Arab narrative, which has been adopted by many in academic and intellectual circles, presents. The Colonial Background of the Entire Middle East As a result of their colonial conquests, much of the Middle East area was under the control of the Ottoman Turks from through French colonialists took over Algeria inconquered Tunisia inand took control of Morocco in Neither Jews nor Arabs enjoyed any modern independence in the area, which, by the end of World War I, had been under colonial control for many years.

As a result of the mandate system that developed after the war and the secret Sykes-Picot agreement inBritish and French colonial interests were drawn and defined.

Decolonialization Following the Ottoman Defeat Starting around the period of World War I, the entire Middle East underwent a process of decolonialization with the emergence of national movements.

Jewish nationalism was consistent with the Balfour Declaration, which, after being incorporated into the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine, uniquely called for settlement of Jews in Palestine as part of the Jewish National Home, without reference to their place of origin.

Just as the British supported the Jewish national claims to Palestine, a number of source documents show that they also encouraged Arab nationalism as a tool in their own conflict against the Ottomans.

Both the British and French mandates eventually yielded sovereignty to the populations of the Middle East as multiple independent states came into being. With Israel, the Jewish state was reconstituted, while the various tribal Arab populations that stemmed from the invasion of the seventh century25 now began carving out areas of influence and sovereignty.

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The Jews, far from being colonialists, were the beneficiaries of a national movement that aimed to renew Jewish sovereignty, but also which, along with Arab national movements, ended colonial control by forces that had no historical or indigenous roots in the region.

Indeed, it is an error to assume that Britain, as the mandatory power, gave the Jewish people their rights to claim Palestine. Many of the Arab states, in contrast, were modern fabrications of the British and the French.

The Process of Independence A look at a map of the Middle East will show that national movements eventually became national entities, with tribal factors largely accounting for the division of the area into independent countries. North Yemen became independent from the Ottoman Empire in The Hashemite monarchy in Iraq was granted independence in from England.

Saudi Arabia originally Hejaz and Nejdalthough never colonized after World War I, became an independent kingdom in as well.

Egypt, occupied by England sincegained full independence in Lebanon and Syria became independent from the French Mandate in andrespectively. Another Hashemite family in Jordan was granted independence in in territory originally a part of the Palestine Mandate. In addition to the formation of the various Arab states noted above, Jewish national self-determination was obtained in Palestine with the independence of Israel in While the dispute with the Arab residents of Palestine continues, the colonial entity, namely Britain, relinquished control in The fact of the matter was that induring its war of independence, Israel acted as an anti-colonial force.

The troops of the Arab Legion of Transjordan fought under a British commander, and had British as well as Arab officers.JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.

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Colonial language behavior and identity formation

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