Strangers at Home

  • Kamal Abdel-Malek


The Palestinian Christian journalist Najib Nassar penned the first book in Arabic on Zionism, entitled Zionism: Its History, Objective, and Importance.1 It warns Arabs about the menace posed by the Zionist enterprise. Interestingly enough, it concludes with Nassar’s observation that what Palestine needs in order to mount a serious opposition to Zionism is men such as the Zionist leader Theodore Herzl, “sincere leaders like Herzl who will forget their private interests in favor of the public good ... we have many men like Herzl; all they lack is realization of their own abilities, and the courage to take the first step. Let such men appear, and not hesitate, and the circumstances will favor them, for men’s ideas have matured and we are ready.”2


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