[wrong] Words attributed to David Ben Gurion “We must use terror, assassination, intimidation” — 1948

Apocryphal or wrong quotation or doubtful.

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We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.


Ben-Gurion is said to have uttered these words in 1948. This widely circulated quote is immediately suspect: neither date nor precise circumstances. Secondly, it speaks of "social services" for Palestinians, whereas no such thing existed on the part of the Jewish pre-state, either before or during the Nakba. Above all, this quotation does not exist in the source given, Ben Gurion, a Biography by Michael Bar-Zohar (1975), as can be verified on the following links.

The quotation is also invented when it is attributed to the Koenig Report, where the text does not appear.

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