Quotation from Abba Kovner “We will be marching in the stream of the invaders’ blood.” — Jul. 1848

This type of call to massacre came from Abba Kovner, who unsuccessfully attempted to organize a revolt in the Jewish ghetto of Vilnius (Lithuania) in 1942-43. In 1945, with the help of the Zionist "Jewish Brigade", he organized a group, "Nakam", which aimed, also unsuccessfully, to indiscriminately kill a large number of Germans under the motto "that's what they deserve". In 1948, he left for Palestine, where, as head of education for the Givati brigade, he poured out his anti-Arab hatred (citation) against the Egyptians who had belatedly come to the aid of the Palestinians expelled by the Nakba. Abba Kovner is celebrated by Israel as a poet and national hero.

Author : Thematics :

Slaughter! Slaughter! Slaughter! The more murderous dogs you kill, the better you become. The more you improve your love of what is good and beautiful and of freedom.

Do not be deterred, boys: As for the murderous dogs – their sentence is one of blood!, and the more you excel at running down these dogs of blood, the more profoundly will you be able to love beauty, goodness and freedom. Furthermore, gird your loins, fellows: Our jeeps will become amphibian vehicles tomorrow, because we will be marching in the stream. In the stream of the invaders’ blood.


Quoted by Shay Hazkani, Dear Palestine. A Social History of the 1948 War
Stanford University Press, 2021.

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