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With the Turks in Palestine

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While Belgium is bleeding and hoping, while Poland suffers and dreams of liberation, while Serbia is waiting for redemption, there is a little country the soul of which is torn to pieces—a little country that is so remote, so remote that her ardent sighs cannot be heard.

It is the country of perpetual sacrifice, the country that saw Abraham build the altar upon which he was ready to immolate his only son, the country that Moses saw from a distance, stretching in beauty and loveliness,—a land of promise never to be attained,—the country that gave the world its symbols of soul and spirit. Palestine!

No war correspondents, no Red Cross or relief committees have gone to Palestine, because no actual fighting has taken place there, and yet hundreds of thousands are suffering there that worst of agonies, the agony of the spirit.

Those who have devoted their lives to show the world that Palestine can be made again a country flowing with milk and honey, those who have dreamed of reviving the spirit of the prophets and the great teachers, are hanged and persecuted and exiled, their dreams shattered, their holy places profaned, their work ruined. Cut off from the world, with no bread to sustain the starving body, the heavy boot of a barbarian soldiery trampling their very soul, the dreamers of Palestine refuse to surrender, and amidst the clash of guns and swords they are battling for the spirit with the weapons of the spirit.

The time has not yet come to write the record of these battles, nor even to attempt to render justice to the sublime heroes of Palestine. This book is merely the story of some of the personal experiences of one who has done less and suffered less than thousands of his comrades.

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WITH THE TURKS IN PALESTINE

BY

ALEXANDER AARONSOHN

[ILLUSTRATION: DJEMAL PASHA]

1916

TO MY MOTHER

WHO LIVED AND FOUGHT AND DIED FOR A REGENERATED PALESTINE

What have I done, or tried, or said In thanks to that dear woman dead ?

MASEFIELD

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

To the editors of the Atlantic Monthly , to the publishers, and to the many friends who have encouraged me, I am and shall ever remain grateful

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

I. ZICRON JACOB

II. PRESSED INTO THE SERVICE

III. THE GERMAN PROPAGANDA

IV. ROAD MAKING AND DISCHARGE

V. THE HIDDEN ARMS

VI. THE SUEZ CAMPAIGN

VII. FIGHTING THE LOCUSTS

VIII. THE LEBANON

IX. A ROBBER BARON OF PALESTINE

X. A RASH ADVENTURE

XI. ESCAPE

ILLUSTRATIONS

DJEMAL PASHA Photograph by Underwood & Underwood

SAFFÊD Photograph by Underwood & Underwood

THE AUTHOR ON HIS HORSE KOCHBA Photograph by Mr. Julius Rosenwald, of Chicago, in March, 1911

SOLDIERS' TENTS IN SAMARIA

NAZARETH, FROM THE NORTHEAST Photograph by Underwood & Underwood

HOUSE OF THE AUTHOR'S FATHER, EPHRAIM FISHL AARONSOHN, IN ZICRON JACOB

IN A NATIVE CAFÉ, SAFFÊD Photograph by Mr... Continue reading book >>


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