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Gandhi, the Jews & Zionism: Interview to Reuters

(May 18, 1947)

From Harijan

What is the solution to the Palestine problem?

It has become a problem which is almost insoluble. If I were a Jew, I would tell them: “Don’t be so silly as to resort to terrorism, because you simply damage your own case which otherwise would be a proper case.” If it is just political hankering then I think there is no value in it. Why should they hanker after Palestine? They are a great race and have great gifts. I have lived with the Jews many years in South Africa. If it is a religious longing then surely terrorism has no place. They should meet the Arabs, make friends with them, and not depend on British aid or American aid or any aid, save what descends from Jehovah.

Sources: GandhiServe Foundation - Mahatma Gandhi Research and Media Service (reprinted with permission)