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With the Turks in Palestine

Alexander Aaronsohn

Book Overview: 

Alexander Aaronsohn was an author and activist who wrote about the plight of people living in Palestine (now Israel) in his book, With the Turks in Palestine.

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It was a four days' march—four days of heat and dust and physical suffering. The September sun smote us mercilessly as we straggled along the miserable native trail, full of gullies and loose stones. It would not have been so bad if we had been adequately shod or clothed; but soon we found ourselves envying the ragged Arabs as they trudged along barefoot, paying no heed to the jagged flints. (Shoes, to the Arab, are articles for ceremonious indoor use; when any serious walking is to be done, he takes them off, slings them over his shoulder, and trusts to the horny soles of his feet.)

To add to our troubles, the Turkish officers, with characteristic fatalism, had made no commissary provision for us whatever. Any food we ate had to be purchased by the roadside from our own funds, which were scant enough to start with. The Arabs were in a terrible plight. Most of them were penniless, and, as the pangs of hunger set in, they began pillaging right and left. . . Read More

Community Reviews


Good short book. Many books from WW1 carry writing v styles carried over from Victorian era. It's good to get a flavor of the average person in a less covered area such as the Middle East. This is especially the case since its what I might think of as a double minority, that being a Jewish sub

Very good book.

A short experience with Turkish courts and Turkish justice taught our people that they would have to establish a legal system of their own; two collaborating judges were therefore appointed—one to interpret the Mosaic law, another to temper it with modern jurisprudence. All Jewish disputes were sett

This is an account of a Jewish man's experiences during the beginning of WW1 in Palestine. It is a bit annoying to read at times because the author is rather racist towards Arabs, an ingrained sort of racism that reminded me of the attitude of racist people in the Deep South towards Black people, wh

A curious little book, giving a good flavour of what it was like to be conscripted into the Ottoman army in the first world war (hint: not exactly a bed of roses). Although the author saw no action, a number of entertaining and exciting anecdotes are described with verve. Aaronsohn was from the smal

I think the author has a race problem. He hates the arabs thinking that the Jews are better than them in all aspects which personally I disagree.