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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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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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