Arab and Jewish construction workers at the site of the YMCA in Jerusalem, 1929. National Photo Collection/GPO

When Arabs and Mizrahi Jews Dreamed of a Joint Homeland

Before Israel’s establishment in 1948, some Jews and Arabs saw each other as ‘brothers’ and had a utopian vision of a shared future.

Ninety-five years on, the sentiments expressed by Palestinian politician Jamal al-Husseini in his 1922 article in Arab newspaper Al-Sabah would surely raise a few eyebrows. In “Come to Us,” Husseini exhorted...

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