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A Note on ʿAziz (Asis) Domet: A Pro-Zionist Arab Writer

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ʿAziz Domet was one of those rare literati who wrote favorably about the Zionist enterprise, differing in this from almost all Arab writers in Palestine during the late Ottoman period and between the two world wars. This chapter presents a brief summary of ʿAziz Domet's life. Domet's sympathy for the Jews is evident in several of his plays and some essays, but his support of Jews in Palestine and of Zionism is particularly striking in three works two plays and a novel, all of them written during the 1920s. Domet travelled to Berlin in 1939 and spent his last years there. His employment by the Nazi German Foreign Office and the state radio as a translator during the war years attests not merely to economic necessity but possibly to his despairing of Jewish-Arab rapprochement in Palestine.

Keywords: ʿAziz Domet; Berlin; Jews; Ottoman period; Palestine; Zionism



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