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    • Barry Leveson
    • 24.07.10 | 09:22 (IDT)

    Benedict Anderson's thesis in his book "Imagined Communities" is that nations are socially constructed ie. imagined by the people who construct them. In a footnote he says that "the significance of zionism is the re-imagination of an ancient religious community as a nation". In this sense Avram Burg is therefore not incorrect, Perhaps by way of illustration the "imagination" of a South African nation dates back to 1910, with the Union of the Boer republics and the British colonies of south Africa. It was the exclusion of the indigeneous population which motivated the establishment of the African National Congress which petitioned the British government to no avail. Only in 1994, with the end of apartheid was the imagining of a united nation with equal rights for all its citizens realised. While Avram Burg's proposal for a Jewish-Arab party is lauditory, will the Jews and Arabs of Israel/Paleatine be able to meet with one another as the South Africans did at the Congress for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) as hte representatives of all South african ethnicities and races did to setttle the race conflict in that country and to prepare for the adobtion of a supreme law - the Constitution of South Africa, which asserts in its preable "We the People of south Africa..." See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imagined_communities

    from the article: A new party of good tidings
    First published 00:52 23.07.10 | Last updated 00:52 23.07.10
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