FROM THE FILM …
Ruppin (German): Land is the most necessary thing for establishing roots in Palestine. We will not spread all over the land, but concentrate in a few uniform settlement points.
Ruppin (German): Some people believe that we have already done tremendous work in developing Palestine. But compared to what needs to be done, we have, unfortunately, achieved very little.
Ruppin (German): As yet, the Arabs are not organized, and not yet strong enough to be feared. But we are living through a critical moment. We will have to reckon with a serious enemy in the future.
Ruppin (German): The dice will be thrown to decide whether when history comes to be written, Zionist aspirations will be regarded as the birth of an important movement or a fantastic stupidity? Will it one day be said of me that I played a key role at an important period, and failed to understand the times and what was demanded of me?
Arthur Ruppin and the Production of Pre-Israeli Culture, Etan Bloom, Brill, 2011.
Jerusalem 1913: the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Amy Dockser Marcus, Viking, Apr 19, 2007