?Altneuland- Theodor Herzl's Zionist Utopia
Altneuland - "Tel Aviv" in Hebrew, is Theodor Herzl's novel of the Zionist utopia he wished to create in the land of Israel.? In Altneuland, Herzl describes a modern, social-democratic pluralistic Jewish state in which Arabs and Jews have equal rights, and racist jingoistic sentiments are unpopular.
The projected Jewish state, the Zionist ideal, was the diametric opposite of the "Jewish-Exclusivist" state attributed to early Zionists by anti-Zionists. It gives the lie to the accusations that "Zionism is Racism," or that Herzl or other leaders wanted to expel Arabs from Palestine.
Herzl's program for Zionism, The Jewish State, published in 1896, laid the framework of a state, but did not mention where this state might be. Altneuland breathed life into the program and located the state in the Land of Israel.?
The illustration below is the frontispiece of Altneuland, published in Leipzig, Germany in 1902.
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