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Starstruck in the Promised LandHow the Arts Shaped American Passions about Israel$
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Shalom Goldman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469652412

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652412.001.0001

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Mozart in the Desert

Mozart in the Desert

The American Creative Class and the Birth of Israel (1947–1957)

(p.55) Chapter Three Mozart in the Desert
Starstruck in the Promised Land

Shalom Goldman

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the fraught dynamics preceding and immediately following the birth of the Jewish state of Israel following the conclusion of World War II, and the participation of Americans such as Leonard Bernstein in the celebration of that birth. These pages also introduce the concept of dual loyalty, or tension that American Jews felt questioning whether to identify first and foremost with the USA or the Jewish state, which was settled, in part, by premising American support for Israel on stopping the pressure for American Jews to immigrate to the newly defined state. The chapter concludes with an account of Bernstein’s symphony tour of an Israeli countryside on continued war-footing. Israel becomes fully an American cause.

Keywords:   The birth of Israel, Jewish state, guerrilla warfare, the Haganah, United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP), Christian Zionists, the Arab States, Palestinian Arabs, Leonard Bernstein, Mozart in the Desert

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