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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-08-15

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Arab Imperialists Fooling the World
Into Thinking They Are Liberators?

By ERI JABOTINSKI

(Editor's Note: This excerpted article
translated by Sandy Levinson was taken
MIK the Israeli paper Maariv. It was
a the last articles Jabotinski wrote
death several months ago.
though labotinski was a professor of
ematics at the Technion, one of I
"Objects to which he devoted much
• lately was Arab imperialism and
conditions of ethnic minorities in
Middle East. Levinson, son of Mr.
sad Mrs. Louis Levinson of Southfield,
Mil University of Michigan student who
span a year in Israel and is returning
mere next month to enter the uni-
"effigy's medical school.)

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Saudi Arabia,

and the Soviet
Union. The technique of control
had already been developed—
all that was needed was to pro-
cure the appropriate "protec-
torate" state from among the
Arabs.

This game between the great
powers has continued for some 60
years. Today, there is no great
power that does not have its own
"protectorate." The U.S. has Saudi
;
Territory held by the 14 states of Arabia, the Russians have Egypt
the Arab League cover an area and Syria. The British still feel
larger than the United States: that they have influence over Jor-
stretching from the Atlantic in the dan. France still has influence
West, along the northern coast of, over large parts of North Africa.
Attica bordering on the Mediter- ' Over the past two generations,
ranean, to the Suez Canal and on- the great powers have poured in
ward, east of Israel, through Jot-. money, arms and advisers, each
dm, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. to "its own Arabs." The result has
This great area reaches the been the economic growth and in-
boiders of Turkey and Iran and creased authority of the thin stra-
the giant Arabian peninsula pro- turn of Arab population.
trading into the Indian ocean. Thus, the Arabs began believing
The area surrounds hundreds of that they constituted a power of
kilometers south of the Mediter- global dimensions and developed
ranean. In Sudan it almost reaches an imperialistic appetite. With the -
the equator. The greater part of arms that fell into their hands
these areas, however, is populated from the great powers, the Arabs
have succeeded in suppressing and
very sparsely .
The dream of an Arab Em. sometimes even destroying the lo-
pire in our days did not grow a cal population.
All of this and yet more: They
ever of skin and sinew over-
Eight. After the Arab conquests began dreaming about territorial
and cultural flowering in the expansion and establishment of an
'fiddle Ages, the Arabs experi- empire to surpass that of Britain
Med a long period of decad- and France combined.
They find themselves allied with
Cite and disintegration.
bands they had conquered fell African tribes recently converted
Into the hands of the Turks, and to Islam, such as the Somalis and
the Ottoman Empire contained the Hausas (in Nigeria), armed by
the great powers (who are yet
Most of this area.
The Turks did not colonize the hoping to "ride" into the area on
lands they ruled but chose Arabs their Arabs backs) and trained by
Ars tax collectors and liaisons be- Egyptian and Algerian advisers.
frween the local populus and the Not only have the Arabs been
Turkish authorities, for reasons of dizzied by their own power, but
language and population distrihu- the whole world has been con-
ROB, but principally because in vinced that there is a new "fiber-
moist of the lands, the Arabs were ating" power growing. The Arab
the minority and thus presented imperialistic movement is being
110,threat to Turkish hegemony. described by the propaganda
Fla a later period, from around trumpet of the great powers,
the French, and after them, both East and West, as a pro-
ate British. began invading the gressive and positive liberation
area and pushing the Turks out. movement.
The period ended with the break- This picture is so far from the
op of the Ottoman Empire after truth. In order to combat this pic-
World War I. and its division be- ture, and Israeli inforination net-
!green the two heirs, Britain and work must be created. We must
Fcance, who left most of the Arab understand that the war of the '
Auletionaries in their places. Arabs is not aimed at returning to
el the 1930s, two new powers the borders of June 4 and is not
Merged on the scene, Germany , limited to the territory surround- I
and Italy, and a contest for Arab ing Israel.
loyalty began. (The British actual-1 The goal is the flying of the Arab
ty began early in World War I flag from the Congo River to the
When Lawrence tried to mobilize Mediterranean Sea, and from the
the Hejaz Arabs to revolt against Atlantic Ocean to the borders of
the Turks.) The process reached ; Iran.
NB climax in 1944, when Anthony I Only by means of transferring
Eden called together represent- I the war of words and propaganda
Olives of states throughout the from events on Israel's borders to
entire area and created the Arabi the acts and deeds of the Arabs
aleigue. The strategy was simple: ; throughout their empire, and by
Its British hoped to maintainiprojecting the true picture of life
(heir hold by appearing as the ' in the Arab empire—starting with
, slave trade in Saudi Arabia and
pixitectors of the Arabs.
At the end of World War H, ;extending to the suppression of
tits new powerful factors ap- I the Kabyles in Algeria—can we
peered: the U.S., whose pre- properly focus the attention of the
se ice till then was only felt in , world on the truth.

two,

Armed Forces Prepare for Holy Days

The First American Rabbi and the State of Israel

If by the word "American" is
meant a native of this country.
then the first American rabbi was
Gershom Mendes Seixas, the patri-
otic Jewish minister of the Ameri-
can revolution. In reality, he was
not an ordained rabbi; he was a
hazzan, a cantor. But he func-
tioned as a rabbi for almost 50
years, so we might as well call
him rabbi.
But seixas lived at the time of
the American Revolution in the
1770s, what did he have to do with
the State of Israel which was not
established until 1948? The answer
is that he was very much inter-
ested in the establishment of a
new, independent Jewish state. He
knew, of course, that the Jews had
already lived through two states
in the past: one that began with
Saul and David, and another that
appeared on the scene of history
in the time of the Maccabees and
the Romans. However, he was con-
vinced that a third Jewish com-
monwealth would yet arise. The
Bible had made that promise, and
because the Bible was the word of
God, anything it prophesied was
bound to happen. The agent chosen
by God to set up that new state
was Napolean the First. The rabbi
believed that the new Israel would
appear in his own time. The year
was 1807.
Gershom Mendes Seixas was

can Jew who ministered to the old-
est synagogue in this country. Dr.
Jacob R. Marcus, professor of
American Jewish history at the
college, is the director of the
American Jewish Archives.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, August 15, 1969-13

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the hazzen of the New York
Sephardic congregation from
1768 to his death in 1816. The
founders of his family were Jew-
ish "Pilgrims Fathers." They
came over in a Jewish "May-
flower," for he was related to
Asser Levy, who landed in New
Amsterdam in the 1650's. Some
of the original Christian Pilgrim
Fathers were still alive in Ply-
mouth when Asser Levy first set
foot on the Battery at the tip
of Manhattan Island.

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Seixas was particularly interest-
ed in the re-establishment of a
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Jewish state in Palestine. Appar-
ently he hoped to see it emerge
in his own day. He based his hope
on the seventh chapter of the Book
of Daniel, verses 25-27. These
verses were the timetable telling
him when the Jews would come to
power again in their own land. I
Seixas had figured it out that this I
would happen in 1783, and when
that year rolled 'around something
did happen. The 13 British colo-
I
nies here in North America be-
came the United States. A repub-
lic was born here, not in Palestine.
Though the rabbi was a fervent I
patriot, he was disappointed that a I
Jewish commonwealth — the third
—was not created in Palestine
that year. But he was willing to
wait. If 13 colonies could become
a nation, why not the scattered 12 I
tribes of Israel?
In 1807, Napoleon, the greatest
ruler in the world, summoned the I
Jewish leaders of Europe to meet
together in Paris to reconstitute
the Sanhedrin, the ancient Jewish I
supreme legislative body. The New
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York rabbi hoped that Napolean
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would re-create the Jewish state,
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Seixas knew that the great French
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29, 1969
conquerer had been in Palestine in I
1799, and it was then rumored that
he was about to give Jerusalem
back to the Jews. Nothing hap- 1
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sure something was going to hap- •
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DECEMBER 10, 1969
his hopes on the new Sanhedrin
and on two verses in the biblical I
Book of Hosea.

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The prophet Hosea said In
chapter 6, verses 1 and 2, that
though God bad punished Jews
on two occasions, He would fin-
ally heal them the third time
around. Said the rabbi, this can
mean only that we were pun-
ished by losing two monarchies,
but we will rise again for the
third time as a free and inde-
pendant people.

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Unfortunately for Seixas and the
Hoseanic prophecy, Napolean did
not re-establish a state in Pales-
tine in 1807. Seixas then lost hope
that he would live to see a Jewish
state. If the New York hazzan
were living now, he would solemn-
ly assure us that the State of
Israel is the state promised in the
Book of Hosea.
Was Seixas a real Zionist? If a
Zionist is a man who looks for
ward to a Jewish state in Pales-
tine, then Seixas was certainly a
Zionist. If a Zionist is a man who
agitates politically for the creation
of a Jewish state in the Promised
Land or settles in Palestine and
works to attain that end, then
Seixas was no Zionist. He lived,
worked, and died in this country,
but he never even visited the land
of his fathers though he hoped and
prayed for an ultimate restoration
of his people in a free and inde-
pendent Israel.
The American Jewish Archives
on the campus of the Hebrew Un-
ion College-Jewish Institute of
Religion in Cincinnati contains
many documents throwing light on
the career of this notable Ameri-

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