Some things never change!

You probably don’t  know the name Eric Hoffer.
He was a  longshoreman who turned into a philosopher. He  wrote columns for newspapers and some books.

He was a non-Jewish American social philosopher.

He was born in 1902 and died in  1983, after writing nine books and winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

His first  book, The True Believer, published in 1951, was  widely recognized as a classic.

Eric  Hoffer was one of the most influential American  philosophers and free thinkers of the 20th  Century.  His books are still widely read  and quoted today.  Acclaimed for his thoughts on mass movements and fanaticism, Hoffer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983.

HERE IS ONE OF HIS COLUMNS.

Some things never change!

ISRAEL’S PECULIAR  POSITION.
by Eric Hoffer.
Los Angeles Times. 26/5/1968.

The Jews are a  peculiar people: things permitted to other  nations are forbidden to the Jews.

Other  nations drive out thousands, even millions of  people and there is no refugee problem. Russia  did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it.

Turkey threw out a million Greeks and  Algeria a million Frenchmen.

Indonesia threw  out heaven knows how many Chinese and no one  says a word about refugees.

But in the case  of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become  eternal refugees.  Everyone insists that  Israel must take back every single one.

Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by  the Nazis.

Other nations when victorious on  the battlefield dictate peace terms.

But  when Israel is victorious, it must sue for peace.

Everyone expects the Jews to be the  only real Christians in this world.

Other  nations, when they are defeated, survive and recover but should Israel be defeated it would  be destroyed.

Had Nasser triumphed last June, [1967], he would have wiped Israel off the map,  and no one would have lifted a finger to save  the Jews.

No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on.

There is a cry of  outrage all over the world when people die in  Vietnam or when two Blacks are executed in  Rhodesia .

But, when Hitler slaughtered Jews  no one demonstrated against him.

The Swedes,  who were ready to break off diplomatic relations  with America because of what we did in Vietnam,  did not let out a peep when Hitler was  slaughtering Jews.

They sent Hitler choice  iron ore, and ball bearings, and serviced his  troops in Norway.

The Jews are alone in the  world.

If Israel survives, it will be solely  because of Jewish efforts. And Jewish resources.

Yet at this moment, Israel is our only  reliable and unconditional ally.

We can rely  more on Israel than Israel can rely on us.

And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer, [1967], had the Arabs and  their Russian backers won the war, to realize  how vital the survival of Israel is to America  and the West in general.

I have a  premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us.

Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us all.
Astonishing!

THIS WAS WRITTEN IN 1968.  42 years ago.

Sent by:  Albert Tari

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