In an article published in June 1930, Muhammad Roshan Akhtar, the editor of the English edition of the Palestinian newspaper Filastin, called for the establishment of an Arab federation, considering Jews to be an integral part of a political community whose territory sprawled “from Basra to Jaffa.” Akhtar’s article met with an enthusiastic response from Jewish author and essayist Yehoshua Radler- Feldman (also known as R. Binyamin). RB considered the large space between Basra and Jaffa – intended to serve as the basis for the anti-colonial unification of the Arab lands – as a basis for a different thinking about Jewish existence in Palestine particularly and in the Middle East generally. He foresaw an existence of Jewish masses dispersed throughout the whole region, where the old Middle Eastern Jewish communities would play an important role. This article focuses on the crystallization of RB’s spatial perception in the period of the British Mandate, the importance he saw in the identification with the anti-colonial struggle, and the affinities between this orientation and the attitudes held by Palestinians intellectuals and political activists. It also examines the theological perception of Eretz Yisrael and the “lands that are adjacent to it” that lay at the foundations of the spatial logic RB developed.
ما بعد حدود "أرض الغزال": جغرافيّات فلسطينيّة ونقد الربط الصهيونيّ الكولونياليّ
the Syrian Revolt