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Friday, June 03, 2005

 

If Zionists Not Wanted in Palestine 'We will search and, believe me, we will find elsewhere what we need.' Herzl

Khalidi, Walid. Before Their Diaspora: A Photographic History of the Palestinians 1876-1948. Washington DC: Institute for Palestine Studies, 1991. (41)

"In a letter to Zadok Kahn, the chief rabbi of France, he [Yusuf Diya-uddin Pasha al-Khalidi, mayor of Jerusalem], suggested that, since Palestine was already inhabited, the Zionists should find another place for the implementation of their political goals. ' . . . in the name of God,' he wrote, 'let Palestine be left alone.' Kahn showed the letter to Theodore Herzl, the founder of political Zionism. On 19 March 1899 Herzl replied to Al-Khalidi in French assuring him that, if the Zionists were not wanted in Palestine, 'We will search and , believe me, we will find elsewhere what we need.'"

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