Quotation #312:
There is, however, a difficulty from which the Zionist dares not avert his eyes, though he rarely likes to face it. Palestine proper has already its inhabitants. The pashalik of Jerusalem is already twice as thickly populated as the United States, having fifty-two souls to every square mile, and not 25 per cent, of them Jews; so we must be prepared either to drive out by the sword the tribes in pos- session as our forefathers did, or to grapple with the problem of a large alien population, mostly Mohammedan and accustomed for centuries to despise us. This is an infinitely graver difficulty than the stock anti-Zionist taunt that nobody would go to Palestine if we got it; that everybody would want to be Ambassador in Paris; a joke that rather lost its point in the Dreyfus days.
By: Israel Zangwill  
Date: 1904
Source: page 91 of this book

From a speech given by Zangwill in New York in 1904, quoted by Zangwill in his book, The Voice of Jerusalem (London: William Heinemann, 1920, p. 88) and (New York: Macmillan, 1921, p. 91).

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