10 thoughts on “Jacob De Haan: Zionism, Murder and Martyrdom – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Loved the presentation up to the comparison with Rabin. Rabin was neither a visionary nor a radical, and the Oslo charade was never a serious threat to the Zionist trajectory. What I find striking in the whole affair is the terrorist dimension of the rise of Zionism, and the profound ideological affinity it had with 19th century nationalism (a common root with National Socialism) including the fear of miscegenation, the abhorrence of the homosexual and the disdain towards the diasporic, weak, “parasitic”, yiddish-speaking, Haredi Jew.

  2. I have nothing laudatory to say about DeHaan. He was, in today’s parlance, ‘a bad dude’.

    To wit; when he worked as a tutor to Dutch children, and found sadistic joy in punishing them.

    He was abusive to his wife in public, who he soon abandoned.

    He exploited impoverished Arab youth for his own sexual pleasure, and in one famous incident in a Jerusalem salon, DeHaan insulted an Arab sheik with racist and supremisist rhetoric.

    “Two people can’t sit on the same chair,” he was said to have bellowed to no one in particular. “This land was given to us, and you”—he was now addressing a notable sheikh—“should take your wives and your children, load up your camels, and go away. The Arab lands are large, but here there’s no more room for you.”


    There’s more, but lets just leave it at that.

    1. @ Lemonade: I could care less what you have to say about De Haan. And using Liel Leibowitz as a source is a very bad look. He is a liar and fantasist. Read that account of the assassination. Pure invention: how does Leibowitz know what clothing the murderer was wearing? Everything in his account which he didn’t copy from other sources he invented. It makes for compelling fiction. But it isn’t. He presents it as historical fact. It isn’t.

      I have read many of the historical sources about the murder and De Haan’s life. None of the stories Leibowitz recounts are in any of the sources I read.

      As for using Tabloid as a source, again à very bad look. If you’d bother to read my blog posts about Leibowitz and Tabloid, you’d know that and wouldn’t have hung your claims on such a thin reed.

      As for De Haan being a “bad dude.” He was quite a compelling character and made a deep impression on his contemporaries.

      As for who were really bad dudes: Ben Tzvi, who ordered the murder; Ben Gurion who expelled 1 million Palestinians from their homes; Begin who engaged in mass murder at Deir Yassin; Shamir who murdered Count von Bernadette and even personally murdered one of his own fellow Jewish terrorists. Those were bad dudes with blood on their hands. De Haan was a piker by comparison.

  3. He had a sister who was also a writer. She is known under her married name, Carry van Bruggen. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carry_van_Bruggen
    They came from a small village in the north of the Netherlands which I know well. She was born on January 1st 1881, he on December 31 1881, which is why many people think they were twins.
    The locals created a monument for him. A charming low-key affair.

  4. [comment deleted: you have been banned. Your comment was not only homophobic, but anti-Semitic. As for going to Hell, you have a nice toasty spot reserved for yourself there as well.]

  5. RS-it says in the Talmud one should not praise a person when he is present but the article was excellent even though I knew a lot of the material but not all what you wrote the presentation was superb.

    D.P. ” including the fear of miscegenation”. you have to take into consideration that it is possibly the principal commandment in the Torah, i.e. endogamy.

  6. Lemontree does an excellent job misrepresenting the article he “quotes”. LOL. What an idiot.

  7. Some more about Arnold Aletrino, de Haan’s lover as described in Pijpelijntjes, on this website of the house where Aletrino lived. (Google translate will help as Dutch to English usually translates exceptionally well.) I have been in this house often since childhood. I hope it will survive. If it has to be sold, it will no doubt be demolished.


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