Is nationality always exclusive? While thinking about this question I examine a national perception which was composed of elements of Sephardi Jewish tradition, spatial perceptions, and Zionist nationality. This nationality developed among the intellectual elite of Sephardi Jews who were born in Jerusalem during the late Ottoman era and was offered as a solution for the Middle Eastern national conflicts. As an example, I will examine some political schemes which were presented to the Mandatory government by Sephardi Jews during the big Arab revolt of 1936-1939.
Dikla Rivlin Katz is a PHD candidate in the department of History of the Jewish People at the Hebrew University. She is a guest fellow of Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung Berlin, and of “Da‘at Hamakom".