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Militant Zionism in America
The Rise and Impact of the Jabotinsky Movement in the United States, 1926-1948
Rafael Medoff

Trade Cloth
2002. 304 pp.
978-0-8173-1071-4
Price:  $49.95 s
E Book
2009. 300 pp.
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978-0-8173-1348-7
Price:  $34.95 d
Quality Paper
2006. 304 pp.
19 illustrations
978-0-8173-5370-4
Price:  $34.95 s

This in-depth look at a controversial faction of American Zionism fills
a void in the story of American Zionism--and in the story of American Judaism.


This book recounts the fascinating and little-known story
of the militant American Zionists who lobbied Congress, rallied American
public opinion, and influenced British-American relations in their campaign
for Jewish statehood in the 1930s and 1940s. Although these activists have
been dismissed as fanatics who fragmented the American Zionist movement,
Rafael Medoff reveals that the faction--which included an Academy Award-winning
screenwriter and several future members of the Israeli parliament--was
more influential than has been previously acknowledged.
 

These militants stirred America's conscience by placing
controversial newspaper ads, lobbying conservative as well as liberal members
of Congress, and staging dramatic protest rallies. Through these tactics,
Medoff shows, they attracted a wave of support from an extraordinary cross-section
of leading Americans, including comedians Harpo Marx and Carl Reiner, actors
Vincent Price, Marlon Brando, and Jane Wyatt, musician Leonard Bernstein,
and rising young politicians Jacob Javits and Hubert Humphrey. Medoff also
describes the shadowy underground division that smuggled weapons to the
Holy Land in caskets, naming and interviewing for the first time members
of this gunrunning network.
 

Based on years of archival research and interviews and
written in a compelling style, Militant Zionism in America documents
events that reshaped the American Jewish community, influenced American
foreign policy, and contributed to one of the most extraordinary events
of modern history: the creation of the State of Israel.

Rafael Medoff is a Visiting Scholar at the State University of New York -- Purchase College.

 


Rafael Medoff is a Visiting Scholar at the State University of New York -- Purchase College.


"Militant Zionism is the first scholarly work onthe Jabotinsky Movement in the United States and its relationship withmainstream American Zionism as well as with American government and thepublic. It is a tale long overdue, and while there will continue to bedebate over what the Revisionists actually accomplished and the validityof claims about what might have been done wrong during World War II, therewill now be a source to which the disputants can go."
—Melvin I. Urofsky, Virginia Commonwealth University

"Rafael Medoff presents the original and compelling argumentthat militant Zionism profoundly influenced American Zionist policy andpublic opinion during the years preceding Jewish statehood. Medoff hasrewritten a vital chapter of American Jewish history."
—Jerold Auerbach, Wellesley College

"Militant Zionism in America has the freshness and immediacy of the archival sources and interviews that massively support its argument; and it adds another cubit to the stature of one of our preeminent historians of Zionism." --Middle East Quarterly


"Rafael Medoff relates an important and neglected chapter of American Jewish history in Militant Zionism in America." --Mark A. Raider, The Journal of American History

 


Also of Interest

Jewish Continuity in America
by Abraham J. Karp


Essays in Jewish Thought
by Nahum Glatzer


Sephardim in the Americas
Edited by Martin Cohen, Abraham J. Peck


To Come to the Land
Abraham David, translated by Dena Ordan