Know Your History: Jews Making the Lands of Palestine Thrive (June 1918)
A series where I use history to debunk common misconceptions about the Middle East conflict.
This New York Times article from June 9th, 1918 – not long before the end of WWI and the British takeover of the land – reinforces this point. Note in particular:
- How the early Zionists went out of their comfort zone to cultivate the land, and make it thrive more than it had under Turkish ownership or under the Arab farmers
- Some of the Arabs had clearly been positively influenced by the Jewish farmers
- Not all the Jews had been from Europe as the haters claim
- At the time, the Jews established the largest wine cellar in the world in Rishon Le Zion