Quotation from Berl Katznelson “Was not Kibbutz Merhavia built on a transfer?” — Jul. 7 1944

Leader of mainstream Zionism, editor of daily Davar and founder of Am Oved, Katznelson advocated openly the « transfer » of Palestinians. Here he reminds that Palestinians of al-Fula were expelled before WWI.

Author : Thematic :

Situations are possible in which the transfer of population will become advisable ... We do not assume the right to force anybody out This is a basic Zionist assumption ... But was not Kibbutz Merhavia built on a transfer? Without many such transfers, the Hashomer Hatzair would not today be sitting in Kibbutz Merhavia, nor in Kibbutz Mishmar Ha’emeck, nor in any other places …


Berl Katznelson, likely speech at kibbutz Ashdot Ya’akov, July 7, 1944. Writings, Vol. 12, p.302.. Quoted by Matzpen, The Radical Case Against Zionism, p.6.

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