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Copyright, 1920, by The New York Times Company.
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New York Times December 1, 1920; page 14


It is perhaps unfortunate that the Jewish organizations whose officers and representatives sign the statement we publish today should have thought it neccessary to make any reply to the slanders upon the Jewish race which have recently been circulated, for the most part anonymously, in this and other countries. The question often arises whether the assailant of an individual, of a party, of a race, of a government, who has not the courage to make himself known is worth attending to. However, as the members of the Jewish organizations probably felt that it would be impossible by any process of rebuttal or otherwise to dignify assaults so conspicuously lacking in the quality of dignity, they have decided to give voice to the indignation these publications naturally aroused.

The substance of recent attacks upon the Jewish people in all countries is drawn almost entirely from the so-called "Protocols." Purporting to have been drawn up by the "Wise Men of Zion", the character of the document flagrantly contradicts that attribution of authorship. Wisdom manifestly had no part in its compilation. The "Protocols" are about the strangest jumble of crazy ideas that ever found its way into print. Professing to expound the purpose and plan of the Jews to overthrow existing governments, seize upon their power and rule the world, they profoundly impress the reader with the inadequacy of the methods employed for the attainment of so considerable an end. Preposterous in themselves, of unknown origin and accounted for only as having been put into the hands of the Russion, Nilus, by an unknown lady who obtained them "in a mysterious way," the "Protocols" are not of a character to dispose those into whose hands they may come to believe in their truth or their importance.

The statement of the Jewish organizations pays some attention to Mr. Henry Ford, in whose publication there has appeared a series of articles assailing the Jewish people. The material for these articles appears to have been drawn almost entirely from the "Protocols." The question again arises whether Mr. Ford or his utterances deserve even this degree of attention. Did not Mr. Henry Ford pretty effectually dispose of himself by his peace ship venture, by his candidacy for the United States Senate, and by his testimony in recent, well remembered and halcyon court proceedings? It might be said, some-what paradoxically, that outside of his business affairs Mr. Ford is now nowhere seriously considered except as a cause of merriment.

It is, as we have said, open to question whether it is worth while to attempt any refutation of these slanderous assualts. But it is much more unfortunate that at this time and in this land such calumnies should be uttered against a large class of the American people, against a race which has shared in the labors and in the sacrifices necessary for the maintenance of the government they are charged with wishing to destroy, and that its members should be called upon to reply to un-American and contemptible slanders arising out of conflicts that had their origin in times and places remote from our day and from our country.

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