Jabotinsky: Zionism = colonialism

Source: The Iron Wall – 1923
1) Colonization itself has its own explanation, integral and inescapable, and understood by every Arab and every Jew with his wits about him. Colonization can have only one goal. For the

2) Palestinian Arabs this goal is inadmissible. This is in the nature of things. To change that nature is impossible.

3) If it were possible (and I doubt this) to discuss Palestine with the Arabs of Baghdad and Mecca as if it were some kind of small, immaterial borderland, then Palestine would still remain for the Palestinians not a borderland, but their birthplace, the center and basis of their own national existence. Therefore it would be necessary to carry on colonization against the will of the Palestinian Arabs, which is the same condition that exists now.

4) Their voluntary agreement is out of the question. Hence those who hold that an agreement with the natives is an essential condition for Zionism can now say “no” and depart from Zionism. Zionist colonization, even the most restricted, must either be terminated or carried out in defiance of the will of the native population. This colonization can, therefore, continue and develop only under the protection of a force independent of the local population – an iron wall which the native population cannot break through. This is, in toto, our policy towards the Arabs. To formulate it any other way would only be hypocrisy.

5) My readers have a general idea of the history of colonisation in other countries. I suggest that they consider all the precedents with which they are acquainted, and see whether there is one solitary instance of any colonisation being carried on with the consent of the native population. There is no such precedent. The native populations, civilised or uncivilised, have always stubbornly resisted the colonists, irrespective of whether they were civilised or savage. And it made no difference whatever whether the colonists behaved decently or not.

6) All Natives Resist colonists. There is no justification for such a belief. It may be that some individual Arabs take bribes. But that does not mean that the Arab people of Palestine as a whole will sell that fervent patriotism that they guard so jealously, and which even the Papuans will never sell. Every native population in the world resists colonists as long as it has the slightest hope of being able to rid itself of the danger of being colonised.

7) colonisation carries its own explanation, the only possible explanation, unalterable and as clear as daylight to every ordinary Jew and every ordinary Arab. colonisation can have only one aim, and Palestine Arabs cannot accept this aim. It lies in the very nature of things, and in this particular regard nature cannot be changed.

8) Zionist colonisation must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population – behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot breach.

9) It may be that some individual Arabs take bribes. But that does not mean that the Arab people of Palestine as a whole will sell that fervent patriotism that they guard so jealously, and which even the Papuans will never sell. Every native population in the world resists colonists as long as it has the slightest hope of being able to rid itself of the danger of being colonised.

10) The native populations, civilised or uncivilised, have always stubbornly resisted the colonists, irrespective of whether they were civilised or savage.

11) But that does not mean that the Arab people of Palestine as a whole will sell that fervent patriotism that they guard so jealously, and which even the Papuans will never sell. Every native population in the world resists colonists as long as it has the slightest hope of being able to rid itself of the danger of being colonised.

12) The simplest way out would be to look for a different country to colonise.  Like Uganda. But if we look more closely into the matter we shall find that the same evil exists there, too. Uganda also has a native population, which consciously or unconsciously as in every other instance in history, will resist the coming of the colonisers.

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Jabotinsky: Zionism = colonialism

Herzl: Zionism = colonialism

From The Complete Diaries of Theodor Herzl

Page 370 — Bierer told me at Sofia that Edmond Rothschild sent his repre- sentative to Constantinople a few days ago in order to offer the Sultan money for permission to continue the colonization.

Page 373 — I briefly told him the purpose of my visit, but in order to pre- pare him for the shock, I took the precaution of speaking at first only of colonization. I asked him to take note of the fact that I was calling at the Russian Embassy before talking with the Turk- ish government.

Page 374 — Then I went into my plan more deeply, saying that it was not a matter of colonization on a small but on a large scale.

Page 420 — I tied onto that when my project came up for discussion I said I wanted only the kind of colonization that we could pro- tect with our own Jewish army.

Page 449 — To be sure, he makes the absurd proposal to select Southern Arabia as the territory for the Jewish State; but the way in which he motivates this idea for colonization is excellent.

Page 471 — Could not Edmond Rothschild try to approach the Czar in Paris now and bespeak his kind interest in the colonization? Our endeavors do converge, even if we diverge on details.

Page 475 — I am helping him with the Turkish gov- ernment in matters of Jewish colonization.

Page 480 — I am helping him with the Turkish gov- ernment in matters of Jewish colonization.

Page 506 — I frequently talk about the cause with Benedikt. Before Christ- mas, when he asked me if I didn’t know a good subject for a holiday anicle for him, I said: “Oh yes, write about the solution of the Jewish Question through the colonization of Palestine, which would also be a settlement of the Oriental problem through a restoration of Turkish finances.

Page 720 — This is the land of our fathers, a land suitable for colonization

Page 728 — He did not doubt that with the financial and human resources at our disposal we would succeed in carrying out the colonization of Palestine.

Page ? — The Kaiser remarked that he thought the Jews would support the colonization of Palestine if they knew that he was keeping them under his protection, and that therefore they would not really be leaving Germany. The promotion of large-scale colonization in Palestine is now to go forward.

Page 806 — This very city of Paris is the residence of those personalities who are willing to carry through the colonization of Palestine on a large scale, and one need look no farther for the resources re- quired for it. Now we mention first of all that great friend of Zion Baron Edmond Rothschild. His great services to colonization in Palestine and his immense sacrifices are well known.

Page 808 — winning the support of the “Jewish Colonisation Associa- tion for the colonization of Palestine — has now been achieved.

Page 809 — that it was not necessary to found a bank, for there was plenty of money on hand that was available for all serious colonizing and industrial enterprises in Palestine.

Page 906 — By colonizing Palestine under the guidance of great principles the possibility is to be created of alleviating the lot of the Jewish proletarians who are suffering greatly in many countries, particularly in Galicia, Rumania, and Russia.

Page 910 — The Charter which I would submit at Constantinople after hav- ing made sure at each separate point of the consent of Your Royal Highness and His Majesty the German Kaiser shall have as its subject the colonization of Palestine and the administration of the settled area. I am in a position to provide Turkey with great financial benefits in return for this.

Page 1090 — In addition to this letter there was another, dated April 29, in which Crespi asks who Mr. Mayer is, who is in Constantinople now carrying on the Jewish colonization of Palestine and also planning to appoint someone Rothschild’s representative. 1

Page 1224 — If colonization without restriction were accorded us, I would persuade my friends to found a great Turkish bank with its central office at Constantinople and branches in all the important cities of the Empire.

Page 1227 — Give me unrestricted colonization and you will have the million in very short order.1227

Page 1315 — If Y.I.M. does not yet deem it proper to accept my views on the usefulness of Jewish colonization to the Empire ? If a large company with sufficient capital manages the colo- nization, it could reach an agreement with the government on the areas to be colonized, and the establishment of the colonists could be systematically controlled and guided, following a previously determined plan. 13

Page 1330 — At this I remarked that this untenable situation — since I had no word from the Sultan — had caused me to establish contact with the English government through a Cabinet member and ask them whether they were willing to grant us colonization in Africa.

Page 1332 But in that case we shall carry out the colonization project by itself, while putting the sum of 1,600,000 pounds at the disposal of the Imp. Treasury.

Page 1337 — Sultan saw the success of our colonization in Africa, he would be more inclined to do something with us too. 1352 — I shall try it obtain the territories necessary for our colonization in one of the English possessions.

Page 1375 — It is an imaginative novel, showing in a picture of the future the happy effect that Jewish colonization in Palestine would have.

Page 1376 — I am also sending him a letter urging him to hurry, for the Commission should be sent off in January at the latest, if colonization is to start in the autumn.

Page 1412 — we are negotiating for colonization in Africa.

Page 1412 — You will grant us the right of colonization for our persecuted people, who will become Ottoman subjects, as the colony will of course remain under the sovereignty of H.I.M. the Sultan.

Page 1414 — For a concession to colonize a part of Galilee we will procure a loan of 2 million Turkish pounds for the Imperial treasury. The colonists would become Ottoman subjects and the colony would remain under the sovereignty of Y.I.M.

Page 1415 — I am at a very advanced stage of negotiation about a plan for Jewish colonization in Africa. Before bringing the matter to a conclusion, I wanted to apply one last time to that quarter where so many sympathies draw me.

Page 1416 — We are asking only for the right to colonize in the Sanjak of Acre, in return for an annual payment of 100,000 Turk, pounds, and we are offering, based on this guaranteed annuity, a loan of 2 mill. Turk, pounds nominal value, issued at 80 per 100, the margin of 20 per 100 being sufficient to allow a profit for the syndicate.

Page 1498 — Chamberlain is offering us an area for colonization large enough for a million souls, with local self-government. Not in Uganda, but in that vicinity. 1500 — I would supply all the material that you would need to

Page reach a decision about your participation in colonization on the Sinai Peninsula.

Page 1503 — That is, an arrangement for colonization in Mesopotamia as well as in the Sanjak of Acre.

Page 1513 Actually, I wasn’t thinking of starting colonization immediately, but thought first of all of having a suitable territory found for us, perhaps in the southeastern part of the country, in the regions of higher elevation.

Page 1529 First, effective intervention with H.I.M. the Sultan. The problem is to obtain a charter to colonize Palestine with the exception of the Holy Places. The country would remain under the suzerainty of H.I.M. the Sultan. The administration would be managed by the colonization Company to be set up with sufficient capital by the Zionists. This company would pay annually to the Imperial Ottoman Treasury a contribution to be decided upon, which would take the place of taxes.

Page 1521 — I am authorized to state that the Imperial Russian Government intends to help the Zionist movement. The Imperial Government proposes to intervene on our behalf with H.I.M. the Sultan for obtaining a Charter for colonization. Furthermore, the Imperial Government will place at the disposal of the emigration carried on by the Zionists sums drawn from Jewish taxes. And to demonstrate clearly the humane character of these steps, the Imperial Government proposes, at the same time, to enlarge very soon the pale of Jewish settlement for those who do not wish to emigrate.” Pray accept, Your Excellency, the expression of my profound esteem.

Page 1539 — The Rothschilds of Paris will not be opposed, because one of them has spent many millions on colonization in Palestine.

Page 1551 — The most difficult moment came when I had to lay before the Congress the British government’s offer concerning a territory in Africa for our colonization. As I had the honor of telling Y.E., I had sought the aid of the Brit. govt, for obtaining Egyptian Palestine (El-Arish).

Page 1552 — The true situation, then, emerges with absolute clarity. If there are any supporters of colonization in Africa, they are found in other countries than Russia. The phenomenon is curious but unquestionable. I have had the opportunity to learn the views on this subject even of several Russian Jewish revolutionaries now living abroad. It seems to me that they are against Africa and in favor of Palestine.

Page 1575 — territory we can find elsewhere. We have found it. You have undoubtedly read in the papers that the English government has offered me a territory of 60,000 to 90,000 square leagues in Africa, a rich, fertile country, excellent for our colonization.

Page 1581 — ll we ask is to colonize the Sanjak of Acre, along with the crown a nds. In return for a charter of colonization, granted to the Jewish Colonial Trust of London for the aforesaid Sanjak of Acre, we pledge ourselves to pay an annual tribute of 100,000 Turk, pds This annuity could be the basis for a loan which we will procure for the Imp. Govt. The colonists will become Ottoman subjects.

Page 1582 — I am the leader of the Zionist movement which seeks a solution of the distressing Jewish Question by colonization in Palestine.

Page 1583 — As regards us Zionists, all we ask of the govt, of H.I.M. the Sultan isa Charter of colonization for the Sanjak of Acre. In return for this Charter we are willing to pledge ourselves to pay to the Ottoman Treasury an annual tribute of one hundred thousand Turkish pounds.

Page 1609 — The English government has shown itself so favorably disposed toward the Zionist movement that it has officially offered us a large territory in the British possessions in East Africa for our colonization.

Page 1610 — All we ask of the Ottoman govt, is a Charter of colonization for the Sanjak of Acre. In return for this Charter we will pledge ourselves to pay the Ottoman treasury an annual tribute of 100,000 Turkish pounds.

Page 1620 — Last year, when I had the colonization of El Arish (the northern half of the Sinai Peninsula) in mind. Lord Rothschild told me that he had written you about it— or did he say he was going to WTite you about it? And then didn’t bother to do so when the project came to naught? My memory may have let me down on this point.

Page 1621 — Last year, when I was planning colonization on the Sinai Peninsula, you told me you would write to Mr. Jacob Schiff in New or ‘ and get him to take part in the financing if anything came 0 e matter.

Herzl: Zionism = colonialism