Who kicked the Chinese out of Algeria?

Documentation: Israel should always endure everything

The Jews are a strange people; Things that are permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations are displacing thousands, even millions, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it, Turkey kicked out a million Greeks and Algeria a million French. Like many Chinese, Indonesia kicked out God knows - and nobody says anything about refugees. But in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees.

Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee has called the expulsion of the Arabs a crime greater than the atrocities committed by the Nazis. Other nations victorious on the battlefield dictate terms of peace. But if Israel wins, it must ask for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in the world. If other nations are defeated, they will survive and recover, but should Israel be defeated it will be destroyed. Had Nasser triumphed, he would have wiped Israel off the map and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews. No declaration of commitment made to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper on which it is written.

There is an outcry around the world when people die in Vietnam or two black people are executed in Rhodesia. But when Hitler slaughtered the Jews, no one protested to him. The Swedes, who are ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we are doing in Vietnam, didn't say a peep when Hitler slaughtered the Jews. They sent Hitler the best iron ore and ball bearings and kept the trains that were carrying his troops to Norway in good working order. The Jews are alone in the world. If Israel survives, it will only be because of Jewish efforts. And Jewish resources.

But right now, Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We Americans can rely on Israel more than Israel can rely on us. And you just have to imagine what would have happened last summer if the Arabs and their Russian supporters had won the war to understand how vital Israel's survival is to America and the West as a whole. I have a premonition that will not leave me; what happens to Israel will happen to us all. Should Israel go under, the Holocaust will come upon us.

The American philosopher Eric Hoffer wrote this text in 1968. It refers to the Six Day War of 1967. Hoffer dealt with the mass psychology of totalitarian movements. Shortly before his death, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan.

Translation: Hannes Stein