abba's way

Hans Kohn

“When Kohn observed the nationalist agitation that had taken hold among the various peoples of the Russian state, he joined a few others within the Zionist movement in realizing that what awaited Zionists in Palestine would be the challenge of modern Arab nationalism, rather than an underdeveloped feudal society. Armed with this insight, he proposed to reconcile the “historic right” of the Jews to the land of Israel with the “natural right” of the local Arab inhabitants through the establishment of a joint, binational Jewish–Arab commonwealth. Kohn began to advocate his binational concept within the Zionist Federation shortly after the end of World War I, along with Martin Buber and his close friends from Bar Kochba, Hugo Bergmann and Robert Weltsch.”


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