Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Clare Hollingworth on A/The Jewish National Home

Clare Hollingworth has died.

One of the most famous and best of the female war journalists.

She also covered Palestine after World War II, narrowly escaping injury or worse when the Irgun attacked the offices of the Government Secretariat and the General Army HQ esconced in the expropriated southern wing of the King David Hotel.

In her book (here), however, she tries to be a political interpreter of history:

I fail to understand her linguistic comment.

Can there be two Jewish National Homes?

What difference, politically, geographically, semantically or otherwise, would the "the" add that an "a" doesn't?

By the way:

After the war, Hollingworth, by now working for the Observer and the Economist, married Geoffrey Hoare, the Times's Middle East correspondent.The couple were just 300 yards from Jerusalem's King David Hotel when it was bombed in 1946, killing 91 people.The attack left her with a hatred of the man behind the attack, the Irgun leader Menachem Begin, who eventually became prime minister of Israel and won the Nobel Peace Prize."I would not shake a hand with so much blood on it," she explained.


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