#9, Fairplay. Not at par? You don't know how truly you spoke - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • zmogus
    • 16.04.07 | 14:21 (IDT)

    Fairplay, let me ask you where did you get the idea of Herzl being an intellectual giant? If you haven't read Herzl, please do some service for your general culture by reading any his biographers. If there's something they agree upon, it is rather that Herzl's tragic incompetence in all the subjects he wrote about that made their concoction within 'Altneuland' and 'Der 'Judenstaat' a popular legend and ideologically powerful mobilisatory tool. To call this poor megalomaniac amateur publicist, who saw the Jewish State insofar as he saw himself its crowned monarch, an "intellectual" does very little favour to your standards of "intellectual". Read what Nordau and his other closest comrades wrote about him at the time. Read how his political vision was discarded by the Zionists a year after his death. Read about myth-making of Herzl's image in recent critical scholarship on early Zionist ideologies. Then you won't have to read a line on Bishara.

    from the article: Is Bishara the 'Palestinian Herzl'?
    First published 00:00 16.04.07 | Last updated 00:00 16.04.07
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