Arthur Ruppin, 1876-1943

Ruppin was a German Jew sent to Palestine in 1907 to assess the Jewish community and potential of Zionist settlement. He opened the Zionist Organization’s Palestine office and became the chief land agent. He was involved in purchasing the site of Tel Aviv and land throughout what is now central and northern Israel. He helped build the first kibbutz and advocated a binational state until the 1929 Hebron massacre.

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