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At the end of the nineteenth century the Jewish people, importing from Europe the notion of nationalism, laid the foundations for the realization of a dream of eighty preceding generations: the reconstitution of a separate Jewish entity in Zion. The homecoming immigrants were not welcomed by the local Arab population in Palestine. It was, however, not until more than a whole generation had passed--by the beginning of the 1920s--that the Arab hostility crystallized into a distinct Palestinian national movement.

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