Marie Syrkin

Zionist Polemicist

Swiss-born, US-based, Labor Zionist Marie Syrkin (1899 – 1989) was a polemicist, translator and close friend of Golda Meir. In later life she was active with American Professors for Peace in the Middle East.

As a Zionist, despite the stormy history of Israel, I am still convinced that the establishment of the Jewish state in a “small notch” – to use Lord Balfour’s phrase – of the vast territories liberated from the Ottoman Empire was an act of absolute, not relative, historic justice…Nevertheless, I appreciate the intensity of the Arab hostility, however ill-motivated it may appear to me, and the reality of the Arab presence on the West Bank and Gaza.

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