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|What the Jews Promised to the Khaliph|
|10/04/00 at 20:07:52|
see another difficulty, Excellency, in the existence of the non-Jewish population in Palestine. But who would think of sending them away? It is their well-being, their individual wealth which we will increase by bringing in our own…”
from Dr. Theodore Herzl to M. Youssuf Zia A1-Kha1idi (2)
Carl Ludwigstrasse 50
19 March 1899
I owe to Mr. Zadok Kahn's (3) kindness the pleasure of
having read the letter which you addressed to him. Let me tell you first of all
that the feelings of friendship which you express for the Jewish people inspire
in me the deepest appreciation. The Jews have been, are, and will be the best
friends of Turkey since the day when Sultan Selim (4) opened his Empire to the
persecuted Jews of Spain.
And this friendship consists not only of words~it is ready
to he transferred into acts and to aid the Moslems.
The Zionist idea, of which I am the humble servant, has no
hostile tendency toward the Ottoman Government, but quite to the contrary this
movement is concerned with opening up new resources for the Ottoman Empire. In
allowing immigration to a number of Jews bringing their intelligence, their
financial acumen and their means of enterprise to the country, no one can doubt
that the well-being of the entire country would be the happy result. It is
necessary to understand this, and make it known to everybody.
As Your Excellency said very well in your letter to the
Grand Rabbi, the Jews have no belligerent Power behind them, neither are they
themselves of a warlike nature. They are a completely peaceful element, and very
content if they are left in peace. Therefore, there is absolutely nothing to
fear from their immigration.
The question of the Holy Places?
But no one thinks of ever touching those. As I have said
and written many times: These places have lost forever the faculty of belonging
exclusively to one faith, to one race or to one people. The Holy Places are and
will remain holy for all the world, for the Moslems as for the Christians as for
the Jews. The universal peace which all men of good will ardently hope for will
have its symbol in a brotherly union in the Holy Places.
You see another difficulty, Excellency, in the existence of
the non-Jewish population in Palestine. But who would think of sending them
away? It is their well-being, their individual wealth which we will increase by bringing in our own. Do you think that an Arab who owns land or a house in
Palestine worth three or four thousand francs will be very angry to see the
price of his land rise in a short time, to see it rise five and ten times in
value perhaps in a few months? Moreover, that will necessarily happen with the
arrival of the Jews. That is what the indigenous population must realize, that
they will gain excellent brothers as the Sultan will gain faithful and good
subjects who will make this province flourish this province which is their historic homeland.
When one looks at the situation in this light, which is the
~ one, one must be the friend of Zionism when one is the Friend of Turkey.
I hope, Excellency, that these few explanations will
suffice to give you a little more sympathy for our movement.
You tell Mr. Zadok Kahn that the Jews would do better to go
somewhere else. That may well happen the day we realize that Turkey does not
understand the enormous advantages which our movement offers it. We have
explained our aim publicly, sincerely and loyally. I have had submitted to His
Majesty the Sultan some general propositions, and I am pleased to believe that
the extreme clearness of his mind will make him accept in principle the idea of
which one can afterwards discuss the details of execution. If he will not accept
it, we will search and. believe me, we will find elsewhere what we need.
But then Turkey will have lost its last chance to regulate
its finances and to recover its economic vigor.
It is a sincere friend of the Turks who tells you these
things today. Remember that!
And accept, Excellency, the assurance of my very high
(signed)Dr. Theodore HERZL
(1) United Nations, General Assembly, 2nd Session, Sept. 9,
1947, Report of the Special Committee on
Palestine, Vol. II, A/364, Add. I, pp. 39-40.
(2) Y.Z. Khalidi,
Member for Jerusalem of the Ottoman Parliament, 1877 Palestinian scholar and
Mayor of Jerusalem in ]899. Herzl's letter, which was written in French was received by Y.Z. Khalidi while on a visit to
(3) Zadok Kahn became Chief Rabbi of France in 1890.
(4) Selim III, the twenty-eighth Sultan of the Ottoman
from 1789-1807. His attempts at reform finally led to his
|Re: What the Jews Promised to the Khaliph|
|10/05/00 at 00:32:17|
And the people fell for those lies....
What do the zionists have to say for this now?
|Re: What the Jews Promised to the Khaliph|
|10/06/00 at 18:56:52|
The khalif was not as naive as they thought and neither are most muslims
Even their good friend arafat who was promised 30% then 13% and now the rubbish tips can't be that naive
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