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GREAT LIST OF QUOTES ON ZIONISM PART V COLLECTED BY CHICO NOOJI

 

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“Israel continues to resemble quick-silver, that strange, liquid metal,
whose restless globules run in all directions without mingling with
anything they touch, but reunite in large masses as soon as they
meet again.”

– Pierre Paul Leroy-Beaulieu, French economist. 1843 – 1916 AD

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“The resourcefulness of the modern Jews, both in mind and soul, is extraordinary.
(…) The Jews, however, are beyond all doubt the strongest, toughest, and purest
race at present living in Europe; they know how to succeed even under the
worst conditions (in fact better than under favorable ones) by means of virtues
of some sort – which one would like nowadays to label as vices – owing above all to
a resolute faith which does not need to be ashamed before modern idea. (…) It is
certain that the Jew, if he desired – or if they were driven to it, as the antisemites
seem to wish – could now have the ascendancy, nay, literally the supremacy, over
Europe; that they are not working or planning for that end is equally sure.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher. 1844 – 1900 AD

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“Zionism has succeeded in bringing back into the fold many men and women,
both here and in Europe, who otherwise would have been lost to Judaism. It
has given them a new interest in the synagogue and everything Jewish, and
put before them an ideal worthy of their love and sacrifice (…) Zionism is the
declaration of Jewish independence from all kinds of slavery, whether material
or spiritual.”

– Solomon Schechter, Moldavian-Jewish rabbi. 1847 – 1915 AD

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“Here we start with a pure race of unusual intellectual vigor and power, the Jews,
long thrown by circumstances into an environment which has brought out many of
their faculties in a very high degree. They are the oldest civilized race now remaining
on earth; they are artistic, musical, literary, exceptionally philosophic, and hereditarily
cultivated.”

– Grant Allen, Canadian author and novelist. 1848 – 1899 AD

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“If Zionism can be developed into a working scheme, the benefit it would
bring to the Jewish people – especially perhaps to that section of it which
most deserves our pity – would be great and lasting. It is not merely that
large numbers of them would thus find a refuge from religious and social
persecution; but that they would bear corporate responsibilities, and enjoy
corporate opportunities of a kind which, from the nature of the case, they
can never possess as citizens of any non-Jewish state.”

– Arthur James Balfour, 49th British Prime Minister. 1848 – 1930 AD

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“Zionism is a new word for a very old thing, so far as it merely expresses the
longing of the Jewish people for Zion. Since the destruction of the Second
Temple by Titus, since the dispersion of the Jews throughout the world, this
ancient people has not ceased to long fervently for a return to the lost land
of their fathers nor to entertain for it a determined hope.”

– Max Nordau, Austrian-Jewish physician, author and Zionist. 1849 – 1923 AD

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“As the Ghetto melts away under the disintegrating forces of modernity, a new
cement must be created to hold together whatever is individual in the Jew.
Nationality is the rationale and Zionism the saving policy of modern Judaism.”
Max Heller, rabbi of New Orleans. 1850 – 1929 AD

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“You are a people without a land; there is a land without a people. Be united.
Fulfill the dreams of your old poets and patriarchs. Go back, go back to the
land of Abraham.”

– John Lawson Stoddard, American writer, hymn writer and lecturer. 1850 – 1931 AD

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“The Hebrew language is the only glue which holds together our scattered bones.
It also holds together the rings in the chain of time. It binds us to those who built
pyramids, to those who shed their blood on the ramparts of Jerusalem, and to those
who, at the burning stakes, cried Shema Yisrael!”

– Yitskhok Leybush Peretz, Polish-Jewish author.  1852 – 1915 AD

GREAT LIST OF QUOTES ON ZIONISM PART IV COLLECTED BY CHICO NOOJI

 


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“If other national movements which have risen before our eyes were their own
justification, can it still be questioned whether the Jews have a similar right? They play
a larger part in the life of the civilized nations, and they have rendered greater service
to humanity; they have a greater past and history, a common, unmixed descent, an
indestructible vigor, an unshakable faith, and an unexampled martyrology; the peoples
have sinned against them more grievously than against any other nation. Is not that
enough to make them capable and worthy of possessing a fatherland? The struggle of
the Jews for national unity and independence as an established nation not only
possesses the inherent justification that belongs to the struggle of every oppressed
people, but it is also calculated to win the support of the people by whom we are
now unwanted. This struggle must become an irresistible factor of contemporary
international politics and destined for future greatness.”
– Leon Pinsker, Russian-Jewish physician and Zionist. 1821 – 1891 AD

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“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, English poet and cultural critic. 1822 – 1888 AD

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“The idea itself is natural, fine and just. Who can challenge the rights of the
Jews in Palestine? Good Lord, historically it is really your country. What a
wonderful spectacle that will be when a people as resourceful as the Jews
will once again be an independent nation, honored and complacent, able to
make its contribution to needy humanity in the field of morals, as in the past.”
– Yousef al-Khalidi, Palestinian Arab mayor of Jerusalem. 1829 – 1907 AD

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“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. The Jew is the pioneer of liberty.
Even in those olden days, when the people were divided into but two distinct classes, slaves and
masters – even so long ago had the law of Moses prohibited the practice of keeping a person in bondage for more than six years. The Jew is the pioneer of civilization. Ignorance was condemned in olden Palestine more even than it is today in civilized Europe. Moreover, in those wild and barbarous days, when neither life nor the death of anyone counted for anything at all, Rabbi Akiba did not refrain from expressing himself openly against capital punishment, a practice which is recognized today as a highly civilized way of punishment. The Jew is the emblem of civil and religious toleration. ‘Love the stranger and the sojourner’, Moses commands, ‘because you have been strangers in the land of Egypt.'”

– Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist, moral thinker and social reformer. 1831 – 1902 AD

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“What invested the Jew of all times with an economic, and in part also spiritual,
superiority over other people has been, first, his thrift and temperance, cultivated
by his religious law and moral code; second, his actually boundless attachment to
and care of his wife and children; and third, his capacity and desire for learning,
which stands out even more significantly and irresistibly among the poor than
among the rich.”

– Dr. Isaac Rülf, rabbi of Memel in East Prussia. 1831 – 1902 AD

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“If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one per cent of the human
race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star-dust lost in the blaze of the Milky
Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of, has always
been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his
commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his
bulk. His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art,
music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to
the weakness of his numbers.”

Mark Twain, American author. 1835 – 1910 AD

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“We Gentiles owe our life to Israel. It is Israel who has brought us the message
that God is one, and that God is a just and righteous God, and demands
righteousness of his children. It is Israel that has brought us the message that
God is our Father. It is Israel who, in bringing us the divine law, has laid the
foundation of liberty. It is Israel who had the first free institutions the world
ever saw. When our own unchristian prejudices flame out against the Jewish
people, let us remember that all that we have and all that we are we owe,
under God, to what Judaism has given us.”

– Lyman Abbott, American theologian, editor and author. 1835 – 1922 AD

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“Why shall not the powers which under the treaty of Berlin, in 1878, gave Bulgaria to the Bulgarians and Serbia
to the Serbians now give Palestine back to the Jews?…These provinces, as well as Romania, Montenegro, and
Greece, were wrested from the Turks and given to their natural owners. Does not Palestine as rightfully belong
to the Jews? (…) The general law of dereliction does not apply to the Jews in regard to Palestine, for they never
abandoned the land. They made no treaty; they did not even surrender. They simply succumbed, after the most
desperate conflict, to the overwhelming power of the Romans. (…)
According to God’s distribution of nations,
Palestine is their home – an inalienable possession from which they were expelled by force… Let us now restore
them to the land of which they were so cruelly despoiled by our Roman ancestors.”

– William Eugene Blackstone, American evangelist and Christian Zionist. 1841 – 1935 AD

GREAT LIST OF QUOTES ON ZIONISM PART III COLLECTED BY CHICO NOOJI

 


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“One of the most important points in the faith of the Church is
the gathering of Israel, that happy time when God will turn to
them a pure language, and the earth will be filled with sacred
knowledge as the waters cover the great deep.”

– Joseph Smith, American Mormon prophet. 1805 – 1844 AD

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“Judaism is not a mere adjunct to life: it comprises all of life. To be a Jew is not a mere
part, it is the sum total of our task in life. To be a Jew in the synagogue and the kitchen,
in the field and the warehouse, in the office and the pulpit… with the needle and the
graving-tool, with the pen and the chisel – that is what it means to be a Jew. (…) Judaism
is an untouchable sanctuary which must not be subjected to human judgment nor
subordinated to human considerations.”
– Samson Raphael Hirsch, German-Jewish chief rabbi of Moravia. 1808 – 1888 AD

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“Restoring persecuted Jews to their national home in Palestine is a noble
dream and one shared by many Americans. My chiropodist is a Jew who
has so many times put me upon my feet, that I would have no objection
to giving his countrymen a leg up.”

– Abraham Lincoln, 16th American President. 1809 – 1865 AD

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“Judaism (…) is not a temporary passing, it is a human ancient good,
which reached its full value within a particularly qualified tribe, carries
continuous force within itself and must strive for its extension over the
whole of humanity. (…) We shall not abandon the name of ‘Jews’, which,
though much reviled, has been linked with the purest knowledge of God,
the noblest freedom of the spirit and refinement of morals.”

– Abraham Geiger, German-Jewish Reform rabbi. 1810 – 1874 AD

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“Judaism is not a passive religion, but an active life factor which has coalesced
with the national consciousness into one organic whole. It is primarily the
expression of a nationality whose history for thousands of years coincides with
the history of the development of a humanity and the Jews are a nation which,
having once acted as the leaven of the social world, is destined to be resurrected
with the rest of civilized nations.”

– Moses Hess, German-Jewish philosopher and socialist. 1812 – 1875 AD

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In an unexpected and deeply shameful manner, the racial hatred and
fanaticism of the Middle Ages is being rekindled in various places and
directed against our fellow Jewish citizens. What is being forgotten
here is that many of them have bestowed benefit and honor upon the
fatherland through their industry and talent in commerce and trade, in
the arts and sciences.”

– Theodor Mommsen, German historian and author. 1817 – 1903 AD

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“Why not give Palestine back to [the Jews] again? According to God’s
distribution of nations it is their home, an inalienable possession from which
they were expelled by force. Under their cultivation it was a remarkably fruitful
land, sustaining millions of Israelites, who industriously tilled its hillsides and valleys.
They were agriculturalists and producers as well as a nation of great commercial
importance – the centre of civilization and religion.”

– George Eliot, English writer, novelist and journalist. 1819 – 1880 AD

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“So many Jews on such a day! And how cheerfully and colorfully
they are clothed! Now I still see that with so much pleasure. The
Jewish finery on the shabbat has always attracted me more than
the cold, barren reformedness.”

– Eduard Douwes Dekker (Multatuli), Dutch writer and anti-colonialist. 1820 – 1887 AD

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“No nation has been able to establish itself, as a nation in Palestine up to this
day, no national union and no national spirit have prevailed there. The motley,
impoverished tribes which have occupied it have held it as mere tenants at will,
temporary landowners, evidently waiting for those entitled to the permanent
possession of the soil.”

– John William Dawson, Canadian geologist and anthropologist. 1820 – 1899 AD

GREAT LIST OF QUOTES ON ZIONISM PART II COLLECTED BY CHICO NOOJI

 

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I insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize men that any other nation (…) They are the most glorious
nation that ever inhabited this Earth. The Romans and their empire were but a bubble in comparison to the Jews.
They have given religion to three-quarters of the globe and have influenced the affairs of mankind more and more
happily than any other nation, ancient or modern. (…) Farther I could find it in my heart to wish that you [Mordecai Manuel Noah] had been at the head of a hundred thousand Israelites… and marching with them into Judea and
making a conquest of that country and restoring your nation to the dominion of it. For I really wish the Jews again
in Judea an independent nation.”

– John Adams, 2nd American President. 1735 – 1826 AD 


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“What it did 5000 years ago, the Jewish people is still doing. Up to 17 times it has
witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem but nothing can keep it from facing toward
Zion. (…) These legitimate masters of Judea are being seen as slaves and strangers
in their own country. (…) The Persians, Greeks and Romans disappeared off the
surface of the earth and a tiny people that preceded these great civilizations still
exists, without mixture, in the ruins of its fatherland.”

– François-René de Chateaubriand, French writer, politician and historian. 1768 – 1848 AD

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“Arise then, with gladness, ye exiled! A war unexampled in the annals of history, waged
in self-defense by a nation whose hereditary lands were regarded by its enemies as
plunder to be divided, arbitrarily and at their convenience, by a stroke of the pen of
Cabinets, avenges its own shame and the shame of the remotest nations, long forgotten
under the yoke of slavery, and also, the almost two-thousand-year-old ignominy put upon
you; and, while time and circumstances would seem to be least favourable to a restatement
of your claims or even to their expression, and indeed to be compelling their complete
abandonment, it offers to you at this very time, and contrary to all expectations, Israel’s
patrimony! The young army with which Providence has sent me hither, led by justice and
accompanied by victory, has made Jerusalem my head-quarters and will, within a few days,
transfer them to Damascus, a proximity which is no longer terrifying to David’s city. Rightful
heirs of Palestine!”

– Napoleon Bonaparte, 1st French Emperor. 1769 – 1821 AD

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“I should be truly rejoiced to see in Palestine a strong guard of Jews established in flourishing
agricultural settlements and ready to hold their own upon the mountains of Israel against all
aggressors. I can wish for nothing more glorious in this life than to have my share in helping
them do so.”

– George Gawler, English Lieutenant-Colonel and 2nd governor of South Australia. 1795 – 1869 AD

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“I see now that the Greeks were merely handsome striplings. The Jews,
however, have always been men, strenuous and full of power, not only
at that time, but even at the present day, in spite of eighteen hundred
years of persecution and misery. (…) If every kind of pride of birth were
not a foolish contradiction in a champion of revolution and its democratic
principles, the writer of these pages might be proud that his ancestors
belonged to the noble House of Israel, that he is a descendant of those
martyrs who have given to the world one God and a moral law, and have
fought and suffered in all the battle-fields of thought.”

– Heinrich Heine, German-Jewish philosopher. 1797 – 1856 AD

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“In the infancy of civilization, when our island was as savage as New Guinea, when
letters and arts were still unknown to Athens, when scarcely a thatched roofed
hut stood on what was afterwards the site of Rome, this contemned people had
their fenced cities and cedar palaces, their splendid Temple, their fleets of
merchant ships, their schools of sacred learning, their great statesmen and
soldiers, their natural philosophers, their historians and their poets.”

– Thomas B. Macaulay, English historian and politician. 1800 – 1859 AD

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“Greater Syria is a country without a nation in need of a nation without a country… is there such a thing?
To be sure there is: the ancient and rightful lords of the soil, the Jews! These vast and fertile regions will
soon be without a ruler, without a known and acknowledged power to claim dominion. The territory must
be assigned to some one or other… There is a country without a nation; and God now in his wisdom and
mercy, directs us to a nation without a country.”

– Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, English politician and philanthropist. 1801 – 1885 AD

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“Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the Right Honourable
gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were
priests in the temple of Solomon.”

– Benjamin Disraeli, 40th British Prime Minister. 1804 – 1881 AD

GREAT LIST OF QUOTES ON ZIONISM PART I COLLECTED BY CHICO NOOJI

 

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“We have neither taken foreign land nor seized foreigners’ property,
we only took the inheritance of our fathers, which had been unjustly
taken by our enemies. Now that we have the opportunity, we are
firmly holding onto the inheritance of our fathers.”

– Shimon Hatarsi, Judean King and High Priest. ca. 100 BC

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“The Jewish nation has none to take its part, as it lives under
exceptional laws which are necessarily grave and severe,
because they inculcate the highest standard of virtue.”

– Philo of Alexandria, Hellenistic Jewish philosopher. 20 BC – 50 AD

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“As for us Jews, we ascribe no honor or power to asses, as do the
Egyptians to crocodiles and asps, when they esteem such as are
seized upon by the former, or bitten by the latter, to be happy
persons, and persons worthy of God.”

– Yosef ben Matityahu, Romano-Jewish historian. 37 – ca. 100 AD

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“Israel may be considered as contributing the element of form to
the world’s otherwise chaotic and undisciplined character. And if
Israel should, God forbid, perish, the whole world would fail.”
– Rabbi Judah Löw ben Bezalel, German-Jewish scholar and philosopher. 1520 – 1609 AD

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“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, physicist and philosopher. 1623 – 1662 AD

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“Nowhere could poverty be more bearable than in the Hebrew State, where
loving kindness towards one’s neighbour, i.e. your fellow citizen, had to be
practised with the utmost piety, so that God their King would look with favour
on them. So things could go well with the Hebrew citizens in their own country,
and only there: outside it ·they could expect· only loss and shame.”

– Baruch Spinoza, Dutch-Jewish philosopher. 1632 – 1699 AD

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“The soil of Palestine still enjoys her sabbaths, and only waits for the return of her
banished children, and the application of industry, commensurate with her agricultural
capabilities, to burst once more into universal luxuriance, and be all that she ever was
in the days of Solomon.”

– John Lindsay, 20th Earl of Crawford, Scottish peer and colonel. 1702 – 1747 AD

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“It pleased God to make one nation the medium of all His communications with mankind: This the nation of the Jews
has done to a considerable degree in all ages. As civilization extended, they by one means or another became most
wonderfully dispersed through all countries; and at this day they are almost literally everywhere, the most conspicuous,
and in the eye of reason and religion, the most respectable nation on the face of the earth.”

– Joseph Priestley, English theologian and political theorist. 1733 – 1804 AD

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