The Palestinian cause and Argentina’s ‘equidistant’ policy

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The Palestinian cause and Argentina’s ‘equidistant’ policy

Publisher MEMO Publishers
Published May 03, 2023
Digital 12 Pages
Language English

Although geographically distant, Argentina has a history of solidarity with Palestine. Before the approval of the UN Partition Plan for Palestine in 1947, the South American country was a contender as a possible location for a “national home for the Jews”. This idea appeared in Theodor Herzl’s The Jewish State published in 1896. Argentina was identified as one of the options for the Zionist project, along with Palestine, due to the fertility of its lands and its small population at that time.

According to the Zionist ideologue, Argentina was “one of the most fertile countries in the world, [that] extends over a vast area, has a sparse population, and a mild climate.” Herzl believed that, “The Argentine Republic would derive considerable benefit from the cession of a portion of its territory to us.” He did, however, note that, “The present infiltration of Jews has certainly produced some discontent, and it would be necessary to clarify to the Republic the intrinsic difference of our new movement.”

About the Author

Ahmad Alzoubi

Ahmad Alzoubi

Journalist, living in São Paulo, Alzoubi is a doctoral candidate in the Program Communication at the Methodist University of São Paulo, studying the relationship between Palestinians in Latin America and the role of the media in preserving their culture and identity. He publishes articles on relations between Latin American countries and the Palestinian cause, with...

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