Chaim Weizmann's visit to Palestine 95 years ago, now on YouTube

WATCH: A rare clip documenting the future first president of Israel's visit to Palestine represents the 'first steps towards the establishment of Israel,' says cinema scholar Yaakov Gross.

 Palestine Jews, Christians and Muslim leaders formed a committee and  officially  opposed  immigration of European Jews and the establishment of the Jewish State.  Only the invaders where there to cheer. It's disgusting to watch. The music also turns my stomach. Like Paul Newman is going to appear on the scene at any moment. 

Rabbi Shmuel Salant, Chief rabbi of Jerusalem (1816-1909)
Jerusalem greeted Herzl appropriately and, excommunicated and ostracized, he was compelled to sit alone during his entire stay in Jerusalem. This was after a strict warning was issued by the rabbi of Jerusalem, Rabbi Shmuel Salant, “that no one should draw near to him or give him a place in the Jewish area of Jerusalem.” (Mara D‟ara Yisroel v. 2 p. 45)


If you intend to give a coin to the Jewish National Fund, give it to another idolatry, but not to the Zionists, since this idolatry is worse then any other. (Mishkenos Haro‟im, p. 270)

Attalah Hanna, Senior Palestinian Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in Palestine: "both Muslims and Christians should stand united in the defense of Jerusalem".
During Passover 1918, Chaim Weizmann, the future first president of Israel, visited Palestine.

This week, 60 years after Weizmann's death, a rare clip documenting the visit was uploaded to YouTube by director and cinema scholar Yaakov Gross. The clip features members of the Zionist Commission – a group of Zionist leaders – welcomed by Jews in Palestine in the early days of the British Mandate. 

The delegation, headed by Weizmann, visited Tel Aviv, the Western Wall and Mount Scopus in Jerusalem. Gross believes the clip is part of the first Hebrew film, "Judea Freed" ("Yehuda HaMeshuchreret") directed by Yaakov Ben Dov.

Gross is still trying to locate the original film, which was lost along with numerous other films from the period. "Many tend to forget that Weizmann was the central figure in the Zionist Movement for more than 30 years," says Gross, who explained he felt compelled to upload the video documenting Israel's "first steps".

"Weizmann was the man who realized Theodor Herzl's vision, and his visit during Passover 1918 as the head of a Zionist delegation, brought the beginning of a new era in the history of the Jews worldwide."
1918. Emir Faisal I "a gallant  alley of Britain" and Chaim Weizmann.
Weizmann's visit took place following the end of [Rothschild] World War I and the Balfour Declaration. 
 "The immigrant invaders residence, who only then began to breathe freely, were happy to greet the Zionist Commission," wrote Professor David Assaf, who shared the clip in the weblog "Oneg Shabat." Assaf added a postcard showing Tel Aviv residents greeting Weizmann.
Weizmann's first visit to Palestine was in 1907, a decade before the Balfour Declaration. "This morning I returned from a tour of the banker Rothschild Hebrew  colonies in Palestine  Judea ," Weizmann wrote to his wife, Vera. "Seeing all that was created by Rothschild money Jewish hands , watching the blooming gardens now after twenty years of hard work, seeing them replace the sands and the swamps, seeing European  Jewish farmers – that feeling is worth living for." [And everybody else dying for.]

 [The early Zionist agricultural drive grew from political and financial, rather than environmental, considerations. Politically, trees acted as boundary demarcations; financially, trees served fundraising purposes as American and European Jews contributed money to Jewish National Fund (JNF) forestation.
Israel currently uses approximately 63% of Palestine's water for agricultural purposes, according to the World Resources Institute; yet, as of 2002, only 2% of the population worked as farmers and produce comprised only 5% of the GDP.]

The publication of the clip is yet another event among many commemorating 60 years since Weizmann's death. Earlier this month the Ben Gurion University held a convention organized by the Chaim Weizmann Heritage organization, which included lectures and anecdotes about Weizmann's life and achievements.


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Jerusalem is the capital. Palestine, currently under occupation, is located on the East coast of the Mediterranean Sea, West of Jordan and to the south of Lebanon. The territory of Palestine covers around 10,435 square miles.