An Analysis Into the Rise of Arab Nationalism Following the Establishment of the State of Israel Post-1948 and Its Impacts

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An analysis into the rise of Arab Nationalism following the establishment of the State of Israel post-1948 and its impacts

November, 2012

The main catalyst for the rise of Arab nationalism throughout the Arab world stemmed from the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. Israel's creation as the result of Zionist Jewish nationalism led to a counter-reaction in the peoples of Arab states - including Palestine - which was focused on removing Zionism from Arab lands and uniting Arabs to defeat Israel with the Palestinian cause being the central call of Arab nationalist intellectuals.

By 1919 the Palestinian people had already established their identity as Arab, Palestinian, Syrians during the Paris Peace Conference as part of their
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It was then that a few fascist ideologies came to surface and Arabs resorted to extreme measures to resist and fight the encroaching occupation to put greater emphasis on the need for establishing the Arab identity in the light of such events as Sate’ al Husri stated “We can say that the system to which we should direct our hopes and aspirations is a Fascist system” In 1941 Hajj Amin al-Husayni, a prominent Muslim nationalist leader and Grand Mufti of Jerusalem sought German/Italian support to oust the British as did some other Arab nationalists where He writes in his book:

I have considered Germany to be a friendly country, because it was not a colonizing country, and it never harmed any Arab or Islamic country, and because it was fighting our colonialist and Zionist enemies, and because the enemy of your enemy is your friend. And I was certain that Germany's victory would definitely save our countries from the danger of Zionism and colonization.

Therefore, a strong sense of urgency from the sort of prevailing narrative was evidently directed at both the secular and religious

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