Rebels in the Holy LandMazkeret Batya - An Early Battlegound for the Soul of Israel
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In 1883, eleven Orthodox Jews from Russia founded Mazkeret Batya, modern-day Palestine's sixth Jewish agricultural settlement. They were the first professional Jewish farmers in modern Palestine. They invented a harvester that revolutionized agriculture in the Holy Land. Their descendants established Palestine's first Jewish-owned dairy cooperative. They preceded the secular Zionists by two decades, and the religious Zionists by four. They defied their patron, Baron Rothschild, and nearly paid with their lives. The history books ignore them.