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The Emptying of Cities

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Publication Date: January 1999

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

Author(s): Shari Cohen

Series: CLAL Politics and Policy Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: International relations (International relations)

Keywords: Global Responsibility; Refugees; Values; International Relations

Type: Other


The author uses the holiday Sukkot, when Jews traditionally dwell in temporary structures, the recent pre-hurricane evacuation of certain American Southeastern coastal cities, and the flight of residents of Dili, in East Timor, as the basis for reflections on the principle of population relocation as a preemptive response to the threat of violence.