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The bride is beautiful, but she is married to another man is a quotation that has been cited by scholars and publications as the text of a Wikipedia:Zionist cable sent in the 1890s. In 2012 an article was published in an academic journal alleging that the quotation is a modern fabrication.
The allegedly fake quotation was used in a series or articles and interviews and in a book entitled Married to Another Man by honorary research fellow at the Wikipedia:University of Exeterâ€™s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Wikipedia:Ghada Karmi. According to Wikipedia:The Guardian newspaper, Karmi took her title from a 1897 report to the rabbis of Vienna In her book Karmi wrote: "Following the first Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897 at which the idea of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine was first mooted, the rabbis of Vienna dispatched two representatives to investigate the suitability of the country for such an enterprise. The men reported the result of their exploration in this cable to Vienna:The bride is beautiful, but she is married to another man. To their disappointment they had found that Palestine, though highly eligible to become the Jewish state the Zionists longed for, was not, as the writer, Israel Zangwill, later claimed, â€œA land without a people for a people without a land.â€ It was already inhabited, spoken for by a native Palestinian Arab population whose homeland it already was." When queried by Afsai, Karmi responded that ""The story's origins has caused me problems. I got the citation from Avi Shlaim at Oxford, who gave me a reference for it, which turned out not to be correct. I then searched hard for the source and have come up with a blank. I fear it might be apocryphal, much as I had not wanted that."
Shai Afsai alleges that the quotation is fabricated in a 2012 article entitled â€œ'The bride is beautiful, but she is married to another man'â€: Historical Fabrication and an Anti-Zionist Myth" that appeared in the Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies. Middle Eastern historian Wikipedia:Martin Kramer called it "a fine article" stating, "Thereâ€™s no evidence that this happened.
According to Afsai, the original fabrication of the quotation may have been by journalist Wikipedia:Mohamed Hassanein Heikal in his 1996 book Secret Channels. "Herzl convened the first World Zionist Congress, which brought together Jewish representatives from many countries. It was held in Basel, Switzerland on 23 August 1897 and is regarded by Jews as a landmark in the creation of the state of Israel. The World Zionist Congress was created with the aim of establishing â€œa home for the Jewish people in Palestine secured under public law.â€ After the Basel conference the rabbis of Vienna decided to see for themselves what Herzl was talking about, and sent two representatives to Palestine. A cable sent by the two rabbis during their visit became famous: 'The bride is beautiful, but she is married to another man.'â€
The phrase was used by Wikipedia:Oxford University historian Wikipedia:Avi Shlaim in his 2001 book The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World. Shlaim wrote: "The publication of The Jewish State evoked various reactions in the Jewish community,some strongly favorable, some hostile, and some skeptical. After the Basel Congress the rabbis of Vienna sent two representatives to Palestine. This fact finding mission resulted in a cablefrom Palestine in which the two rabbis wrote, 'The bride is beautiful, but she is married to another man.'" When asked by Afsai for the source of the atory and text of the cable, Shlaim responded that he found it in Wikipedia:Mohamed Heikal's book Secret Channels (1996). Heikal provides no citation to a source.
Historian Wikipedia:Anthony Pagden of the Wikipedia:University of California, Los Angeles used the story in his 2008 book Worlds at War: The 2,500-Year Struggle Between East and West, "When in 1897 the rabbis of Vienna sent a factfinding mission to Palestine, they famously reported back that the bride 'was beautiful but married to another man.'"
The phrase has been cited as a cable sent during an historical event that actually took place, it appeared in a Wikipedia:BBC documentary, and in books written by Wikipedia:P. J. O'Rourke, Wikipedia:Adam LeBor and other writers.
- Wikipedia:Azzam Pasha quotation
- Wikipedia:Alleged Ouze Merham interview of Ariel Sharon
- Wikipedia:A land without a people for a people without a land
- â€œThe bride is beautiful, but she is married to another manâ€: Historical Fabrication and an Anti-Zionist Myth", Shai Afsai, Shofar, Vol. 30, No. 3 â™¦ 2012
- Shai Afsai, Shofar, pp. 35-61 http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/shofar/v030/30.3.afsai.pdf
- "Joined-up solution", Martin Woollacott, Sept. 14, 20007 http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/sep/15/politics1
- Shai Afsai, Shofar, p. 39.
- Shai Afsai, Shofar, pp. 50-1
- Shai Afsai, Shofar, p. 3
- Worlds at War p. 488; â€œThe bride is beautiful, but she is married to another manâ€: Historical Fabrication and an Anti-Zionist Myth", Shai Afsai, Shofar, Vol. 30, No. 3 â™¦ 2012, p. 38
- Peace Kills: America's Fun New Imperialism, 2005, p. 55
- City of Oranges: An Intimate History of Arabs and Jews in Jaffa 2011