||Perceptions of Jews
|Perceptions of Jews
|Perceptions of Jews
Perceptions of Jews by Renowned Gentiles.
" 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 gat es unbarred than
they eas ily 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 whereas 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 thei r 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
--Paul Johnson, American Historian
"As long as the world lasts, all who want to make progress in
righteousness will come toIsrael 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 an d most uncomfortable. The
J ews 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, incl! uding 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 aggravated 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 m onuments 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 li fe 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
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 in a
struggle with another people (who are completely terrorized by their own
leaders) against whom the Jews, against their best wishes, h ave 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 th! at 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 Sc hreiner, 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