Saturday, April 01, 2006

PERCEPTIONS OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE

"Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But
no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are,
beyond any question, the most formidable and the most
remarkable race which has appeared in the world."


-- Winston
Churchill
"The Jew is that sacred being who has
brought down from heaven the everlasting fire, and has
illumined with it the entire world. He is the
religious source, spring, and fountain out of which
all the rest of the peoples have drawn their beliefs
and their religions."


--Leo Tolstoy

"It was in vain that we locked them up for several
hundred years behind the walls of the Ghetto. No
sooner were their prison gates unbarred than they
easily caught up with us, even on those paths which we
opened up without their aid."


--A. A. Leroy Beaulieu, French
publicist, 1842


"The Jew gave us the Outside and the Inside -
our outlook and our inner life. We can hardly get up
in the morning or cross the street without being
Jewish. We dream Jewish dreams and hope Jewish hopes.
Most of our best words, in fact - new, adventure
surprise, unique, individual, person, vocation, time,
history, future, freedom, progress, spirit, faith,
hope, justice - are the gifts of the Jews."


--Thomas Cahill, Irish
Author

"One of the gifts of the Jewish culture to
Christianity is that it has taught Christians to think
like Jews, and any modern man who has not learned to
think as though he were a Jew can hardly be said to
have learned to think at all"

--William
Rees-Mogg, *former Editor-in-Chief for //The Times of
London
and a member
of the House of Lords
"It is certain that in certain parts of the
world we can see a peculiar people, separated from the
other peoples of the world and this is called the
Jewish people.... This people is not only of
remarkable antiquity but has also lasted for a
singular long time... For where as the people of
Greece and Italy, of Sparta, Athens and Rome and
others who came so much later have perished so long
ago, these still exist, despite the efforts of so many
powerful kings who have tried a hundred times to wipe
them out, as their historians testify, and as can
easily be judged by the natural order of things over
such a long spell of years. They have always been
preserved, however, and their preservation was
foretold... My encounter with this people amazes
me..."


--Blaise Pascal, French
Mathematician



"The Jewish vision became the prototype for
many similar grand designs for humanity, both divine
and man made. The Jews, therefore, stand at the center
of the perennial attempt to give human life the
dignity of a purpose."


--Paul Johnson, American
Historian


"As long as the world lasts, all who want to
make progress in righteousness will come to Israel for
inspiration as to the people who had the sense for
righteousness most glowing and strongest."


--Matthew Arnold, British
poet and critic

"Indeed it is difficult for all other nations of
the world to live in the presence of the Jews. It is
irritating and most uncomfortable. The Jews embarrass
the world as they have done things which are beyond
the imaginable. They have become moral strangers since
the day their
forefather, Abraham, introduced the world to
high ethical standards and to the fear of Heaven. They
brought the world the Ten Commandments which many
nations prefer to defy. They violated the rules of
history by staying alive, totally at odds with common
sense and historical evidence. They outlived all their
former enemies, including vast empires such as the
Romans and the Greeks. They angered the world with
their return to their homeland after 2000 years of
exile and after the murder of six million of their
brothers and sisters.

"They irritated mankind by building, in the
wink of an eye, a democratic State which others were
not able to create in even hundreds of years. They
built living monuments such as the duty to be holy and
the privilege to serve one's fellow men.

"They had their hands in every human
progressive endeavor, whether in science, medicine,
psychology or any other discipline, while totally out
of proportion to their actual numbers. They gave the
world the Bible and even their "savior".

"Jews taught the world not to accept the world
as it is, but to transform it, yet only a few nations
wanted to listen. Moreover, the Jews introduced the
world to one God, yet only a minority wanted to draw
the moral consequences. So the nations of the world
realize that they would have been
lost without the Jews. And while their
subconscious tries to remind them of how much of
Western civilization is framed in terms of concepts
first articulated by the Jews, they do anything to
suppress it.

"They deny that Jews remind them of a higher
purpose of life and the need to be honorable, and do
anything to escape its consequences. It is simply too
much to handle for them, too embarrassing to admit,
and above all too difficult to live by.

"So the nations of the world decided once
again to go out of 'their' way in order to find a
stick to hit the Jews. "The goal: to prove that Jews
are as immoral and guilty of massacre and genocide as
some of they themselves are.

"All this in order to hide and justify their
own failure to even protest when six million Jews were
brought to the slaughterhouses of Auschwitz and
Dachau; so as to wipe out the moral conscience of
which the Jews remind them, and they found a stick.

"Nothing could be more gratifying for them
than to find the Jews into a struggle with another
people (who are completely terrorized by their own
leaders) against whom the Jews, against their best
wishes, have to defend themselves in order to survive.
With great satisfaction, the world allows and
initiates the rewriting of history so as to fuel the
rage of yet another people against the Jews. This in
spite of the fact that the nations understand very
well that peace between the parties could have come a
long time ago, if only the Jews would have had a fair
chance.

"Instead, they happily jumped on the wagon of
hate so as to justify their jealousy of the Jews and
their incompetence to deal with their own moral
issues. When Jews look at the bizarre play, taking
place in The Hague, they can only smile as this
artificial game once more proves how the world
paradoxically admits the Jews uniqueness. It is in
their need to undermine the Jews that they actually
raise them.

"The study of history of Europe during the
past centuries teaches us one uniform lesson: That the
nations which received and in any way dealt fairly and
mercifully with the Jew have prospered; and that the
nations that have tortured and oppressed them have
written out their own curse."


--Olive Schreiner, South African novelist and social
activist
"If there is any honor in all the world that
I should like, it would be to be an honorary Jewish
citizen."
--A.L.
Rowse, authority on Shakespeare and Elizabethan
England





' A closed mouth gathers no foot'

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