Healing the land and the nation : malaria and the Zionist by Sandra M. Sufian

By Sandra M. Sufian

A novel inquiry into the sociopolitical dimensions of public drugs, Healing the Land and the Nation lines the relationships among illness, hygiene, politics, geography, and nationalism in British needed Palestine among the area wars. taking over the case of malaria keep an eye on in Jewish-held lands, Sandra Sufian illustrates how efforts to thwart the disorder have been in detail tied to the undertaking of Zionist nation-building, specifically the movement’s efforts to repurpose and increase its lands. The venture of removing malaria additionally took on a metaphorical dimension—erasing anti-Semitic stereotypes of the “parasitic” Diaspora Jew and growing robust, fit Jews in Palestine. Sufian exhibits that, in reclaiming the land and the well-being of its humans in Palestine, Zionists expressed key ideological and political parts in their nation-building project.

Taking its name from a Jewish public future health mantra, Healing the Land and the Nation situates antimalarial drugs and politics inside of better colonial histories. via studying the technological know-how along the politics of Jewish cost, Sufian addresses contested questions of social association and the consequences of land reclamation upon the indigenous Palestinian inhabitants in a decidedly cutting edge method. The ebook can be of serious curiosity to students of the center East, Jewish stories, and environmental background, in addition to to these learning colonialism, nationalism, and public health and wellbeing and medicine.

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Hart, Social Science, 12–14, 21, 100. 24 chapter one to Palestine in the early twentieth century considered it to be stagnant and malaria-infested, like the Jewish ghetto. Zionist political, ideological, and medical leaders explicitly used the metaphor of parasitism— usually meaning economic parasitism in Zionist discourse, but referring to mosquitoes, malaria, and the malarial parasite in Zondek’s speech— to communicate the Zionist program for sociocultural reform. As Zionist ideologue A. D. ”7 Zondek’s speech used malaria as a way to evoke two key nationalist aims of the Zionist project: building a nation-state in Palestine and reimagining the character of the Jewish people and the body of the individual Jew.

Endemic malaria not only consistently shifted the ecological and social relations among Jews living in Palestine but also changed ongoing relations, both representational and material, between Zionist settlers and their Arab counterparts. Because of the complexity of environmental change—the new social relationships it produced and meanings it evoked—ridding the topography of Palestine of swamps affected not only the number of mosquitoes and swamps and the rates of malaria, but it severely impacted the lifestyles of the bedouins and Arab peasants who lived off the swamps for their livelihood.

Gordon, “Our Tasks Ahead,” 379. 40. Near also notes that the religious aspect of geula becomes less relevant in the Mandate period. Near, “Geulat hakarka,” 41, 45. 41. Shafir, Land, Labor and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 60–90; Lockman, Comrades and Enemies, 47–57. 43 In this way, the strategies of conquest of labor and conquest of land became interdependent. 44 Health bureaucrats, who composed part of the non-agricultural Hebrew workforce, reinforced the aim of self-sufficiency through their sanitation measures for workers in Jewish settlements.

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