Quotation from Israel Zangwill “Be prepared either to drive out by the sword the tribes in possession as our forefathers did” — 1921
Active member of the first Zionist congresses, in an autobiography that explains the reason for his break with Zionism in 1904.
- Zangwill, Israel (1864-1926) ( 6 quotations )
" But my third step on the road of reality was not taken so far as documents easily at hand testify till 1904, when I appear to have become fully aware of the Arab peril, and in a speech made in New York to have honestly drawn attention to it as the outstanding obstacle to Zionism.
There is, however, a difficulty from which the Zionist dares not avert his eyes, though he rarely likes to face it. Palestine proper has already its inhabitants. The pashalik of Jerusalem is already twice as thickly populated as the United States, having fifty-two souls to every square mile, and not 25 per cent, of them Jews; so we must be prepared either to drive out by the sword the tribes in possession as our forefathers did, or to grapple with the problem of a large alien population, mostly Mohammedan and accustomed for centuries to despise us. This is an infinitely graver difficulty than the stock anti-Zionist taunt that nobody would go to Palestine if we got it; that everybody would want to be Ambassador in Paris; a joke that rather lost its point in the Dreyfus days."
Here is the crux of the situation. But the Zionists did avert their eyes. "
Israel Zangwill, The Voice of Jerusalem , Macmillan, 1921, p.87. Lien by Henry Laurens L’invention de la Terre sainte , Fayard, 1999, Tome I, p. 208.
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