THE ASSAILANTS OF THE JEWS.
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
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.