Some useful quotations

1) MAGNES, Judah L. (founder of Hebrew University in Jerusalem)
[Dr. Magnes resigned from the WZO in 1915]
On apprehension of the effect of Political Zionism on the indigenous
Palestinian Arabs:

“Will the Jews here[Palestine] in their efforts to create a political
organism become devotees of brute force and militarism as were some of the
late Hashmoneans?(Maccabees) We seem to have thought of everything except
the Arabs…If we have a just cause, so have they.  If promises were made to
us, so were they made to the Arabs (Hussein-McMahon letters of
correspondence,etc.).  If we love the land and have a historical connection
with it, so too the Arabs…If we wish to live in this living space, we must
live with the Arabs, try to make peace with them…We stand over against the
great Arab democracies as interlopers… We must look for an entente cordiale.
Not upon the basis of force and power, but upon that of human solidarity and
understanding…..Is our nationality like that of all the nations, pagan, and
based upon force and violence, or is it a spiritual natinality?  The right
of the Jew does not confer the right of political majority.”

2) JASTROW, Prof. Morris

Appealing to 1919 Paris Peace Conference against reactionary nature of

“ The obvious form that the reconstruction of Palestine after the war should
take on is the creation of a Palestine state based on all the nationalities
there congregated, and not a Jewish state which, if it means anything at
all, would place the emphasis on a state formed of a single nationality…the
logic of the situation, therefore suggests that the remaining tenth of the
Jews, who for one reason or other, will desire to settle in Palestine,
forming with the other a single political entity which would constitute the
Palestine nation.”

3) HERZL, Theodor

To Cecil Rhodes:

“I need you…you are being invited to help make history…it is not in your
accustomed line; it doesn’t involve Africa, but a piece of Asia Minor, not
Englishmen, but Jews.  But had this been on your path, you would have done
it by now….How then do I happen to turn to you, since this is an out of the
way matter for you? How indeed? Because it is something colonial.”  - The
Complete Diaries of Theodor Herzl ed. R. Patai (New York: Herzl Press 1960)

4) BAR-PORATH, Yoram:

On the expulsion of the Arab inhabitants of the village of Baram
It is the duty of the Israeli leaders to explain to the public with clarity
and courage, any number of facts which have been submerged with the passage
of time. The first of these is the fact that there is no Zionism,
settlement, or Jewish State without eviction of Arabs and expropriation of
their lands. –Yediot Aharonot 8/8/72

5) GOLDMANN, Nahum Dr.
       On “The Original Sin”:

         If we had invested in the Arab problem a tenth of the energy, the
passion, the ingenuity, the resourcefulness which we developed in order to
gain the support of Britain, France, the US and Weimar Germany, our destiny
in the development of Israel may have been quite different…We were not ready
for compromises: we did not regard it as a major problem….We did not make
sufficient efforts to get, if not the full agreement of the Arabs, at least
their acquiescence to a Jewish state, which I think would have been
possible.  That was the original sin.” –writing in New Outlook Nov.-Dec.

6) GINSBERG, Asher
Referring to Jewish Settler Transgressions 1891:

“Serfs they were in the land of the diaspora, and suddenly they find
themselves in unrestricted freedom, and this change has awakened in them an
inclination to despotism.  They treat the Arabs with hostility and cruelty,
deprive them of their rights, offend them without cause and even boast of
these deeds; and nobody among us opposes this despicable and dangerous
inclination.” – Zionism, The Dream and The Reality, Gary Smith, (NY Harper
and Row 1974 p. 31)

After attending the 1st Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland August 1897

“In Basel, yesterday, I sat lonely among my brothers, like a mourner at a
wedding… This new enthusiasm is an artificial one, and the result of
treacherous hopes will be despair…The salvation of Israel will come through
the prophets, not through diplomats!” ibid. p.62

Protesting the Boycott of Arab Labor 1913:

“Apart from the political danger, I can’t put up with the idea that our
brethren are morally capable of behaving in such a way to humans of another
people, and unwittingly the thought comes to my mind: if it is so now, what
will be our relation to the others if in truth we shall achieve at the end
of times power in Eretz Israel? And if this be the “Messiah”: I do not wish
to see his coming.” Ibid. p.32

Last public letter 1927:

       “My God, is this the end?…Is this the dream of our return to Zion,
that we come to Zion and stain its soil with innocent blood?  It has been an
axiom in my eyes that the people will sacrifice its money for the sake of a
state, but never its prophets…” Ibid.p.36

        On population of Palestine 1891:

        “ We abroad, are used to believing that Eretz-Israel, is now almost
totally desolate, a desert that is not sowed, and anyone who wishes to
purchase there lands, may come and purchase as much as his heart desires.
But in truth this is not the case.  Throughout the country it is difficult
to find fields that are not sowed; only sand field and stone mountians that
are not fit to grow anything but fruit trees, and this, also only after hard
labour and great expense of clearing and reclamation – only these are not

7) CHOFSHI, Nathan (1st aliya)
On treatment of the Palestinian Arabs:

We came and turned the native Arabs into tragic refugees.  And stil we dare
to slander and malign them, to besmirch their name instead of being deeply
ashamed of what we did and trying to undo some of the evil committed…We
justify our terrible acts and even attempt to glorify them.

8) DAYAN, Moshe
On the destroyed Arab Villages of Palestine:

“We came to this country, which was already populated by Arabs, and we are
establishing a Hebrew that is a Jewish state here.  In considerable areas of
the country we bought the land from the Arabs.  Jewish villages were built
in the place of Arab villages.  You do not even know the names of these Arab
villages, and I don’t blame you, since these geography books no longer
exist. Not only don’t the books exist – the Arab villages are not their
either. “ –Lecture to the Israel Technion Institute in Haifa 1968, reported
in Ha’aretz 4.4.69 –

9) COHEN, Prof. Morris
Postulating that the end result of Political Zionism would be Ghettoism:

“Indeed, how could a Jewish Palestine allow complete religious freedom of
intermarriage, and face non-Jewish immigration, without losing its very
reason for existence?   A national Jewish Palestine must necessarily mean a
state founded on a peculiar race, a tribal religion, and a mystic belief in
a peculiar soil, whereas liberal America has traditionally stood for
separation of church and state, the free mixture of races, and the fact that
men can change their habitation and language and still advance the process
of civilization.” –

On the fear of Zionists:

“Zionism is afraid of America’s ideal of freedom, which derives from a lack
of confidence on the part of Zionists in the ability of Judaism to hold its
own in the open field.”

On a single standard of rights and on unreasonable classification based on
religion or ethnicity 1946:

“In the first place it should be made clear that one need not be a Zionist
to protest against British laws and regulations which, in defiance of
international compacts, deny to would-be immigrants the right to enter
Palestine merely because they are Jews.  Laws that discriminate against any
creed are abhorrent to the conscience of liberal humanity, whether they are
the Nuremberg Laws of Hitler, the British laws limiting Jewish immigration
and land purchases in Palestine, or the U.S. immigration laws which make
ancestry the test of admissibility to our shores….Tribalism is a creed that
leads to grief and massacre, whether it bears the label of Zionism,
Aryanism, Anglo-Saxon America or Pan-Islam.

Certainly I could never bring myself to support efforts to establish a
Jewish state which would not be in accord with the democratic principle of
separation of church and state, and equality of civil, religious and
economic rights to all inhabitants regardless of race and creed.”

On the racist character of Zionism:

“Zionists fundamentally accept the racial ideology of the anti-Semites, but
draw different conclusions.  Instead of the Teutons, it is the Jew that is
the purer or superior race. All sorts of virtues, idealism, etc., are the
characteristic qualities of its spirit.  Only in Palestine can this spirit
find root, and only in the Hebrew language its adequate exressions.  The
scientific adequacy of the ethnologic, historic, and philosophic evidence by
which all this is supported would be beneath contempt…Nevertheless, these
beliefs are radically false and profoundly inimical to liberal or humanistic
civilization.  History, and Jewish history, especially, shows that the claim
to purity of race on the part of any civilized people is entirely
 mythical.”- A Dreamer’s Journey 1949  Beacon Press Boston.-

On assimilation and acculturation:

“No great civilization could ever achieve, except by a mixed people freely
borrowing from others in religion, language, laws, and manners.  The Jews
were such people when they produced the bulk of Biblical literature, and
they certainly increased their contribution to civilization when they left
Palestine and mixed with other people”-ibid

10) CHURCHILL, Winston
On why the British Government Put Forth the “Balfour Declaration”:

It is a delusion to suppose this was a mere act of crusading enthusiasm or
quixotic philanthropy.  On the contrary, it was a measure taken in due need
of the war with the object of promoting the general victory of the Allies
for which we expected and received valued and important assistance. – House
of Commons July 1937

11) BLAU, Rabbi Amram (leader of the Neturei Karta “The Guardians of the City”):

On the state of Israel and its corruption of Judaism:

We in the Holy Land find ourselves in an unfortunate position, both
materially and spiritually.  Materially, we are against our will included in
an independent nationalistic state, labeled Jewish, whose entire foundation
and ways are opposed to our faith.  Our sages warned us against such a
phenomenon, two thousand years ago.
Our Jewish brethren…among the nations of the world live under no comparable
awful threat, neither material nor spiritual….let the state’s power be
unable to drag children of these Jews away from their heritage, do all that
is possible to rescure these Jews from the lot of this state.

         With regard to Zionist Goals in Palestine

“A Christian state should be established [ in Lebanon] with its southern
border on the Litani River.  We will make an alliance with it.  When we
smash the Arab Legion’s strength and bomb Amman, we will eliminate
Transjordan too, and Syria will fall.  If Egypt still dares to fight on, we
Shall bomb Port Said, Alexandria and Cairo…and in this fashion, we
Will end the war and settle our forefathers’ acount with Egypt, Syria and
Aram” – from BEN-GURION, by Michael Bar-Zohar trans. By Peretz
Kidron; publ. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London 1978 pg. 166 –

With regard to the State of Israel’s relationship to its location:

The State of Israel is a part of the Middle East only in geography, which
is, in the main, a static element.  From the more decisive standpoint of
dynamism, creation and growth, Israel is a part of world Jewry. – Israel
Government Yearbook 1952-

13) ARENDT, Hannah

On embracing a common humanity:

“Only when we come to feel ourselves part and parcel of a world in which we
like everybody else, are engaged in a struggle against great and sometimes
overwhelming odds…only when we recognize the human background against which
recent events have taken place….only then will we be able to rid the world
of its nightmarish quality.  That quality…can inhibit all action and exclude
us altogether from the human community.”