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Healing the Land and the Nation
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Healing the Land and the Nation: Malaria and the Zionist Project in Palestine, 1920-1947

Sandra M. Sufian

Abstract

This book traces the relationships between disease, hygiene, politics, geography, and nationalism in British Mandatory Palestine between the world wars. Taking up the case of malaria control in Jewish-held lands, the author illustrates how efforts to thwart the disease were intimately tied to the project of Zionist nation-building, especially the movement's efforts to repurpose and improve its lands. The project of eradicating malaria also took on a metaphorical dimension—erasing anti-Semitic stereotypes of the “parasitic” Diaspora Jew and creating strong, healthy Jews in Palestine. The author ... More

Keywords: disease, hygiene, nationalism, British Mandatory Palestine, malaria control, Jewish-held lands, Zionists, nation-building, anti-Semitic stereotypes, Diaspora Jew

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226779355
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226779386.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sandra M. Sufian, author