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of thousands must die of hunger for they can in no other way be supplied with food.'
Again, on Aug. 20, 1918, General Kress von Kressenstein telegraphed to the German Embassy at Constantinople :
"The apparent concession of the Turks relating to the return of the Armenian fugitives is absolutely worthless. While in the districts occupied by the Turkish troops that part of the harvest which has not been taken away by the Turks is rotting for lack of labour, huge masses of the Armenian population are going to certain destruction in the barren lands into which they have been driven. From day to day the position becomes worse. If all the desperate cries for help on the part of the Armenian leaders and clergy remain unheard, the responsibility for the annihilation of this ancient Christian people will lie upon Germany and Austria for all time. History will not and cannot admit that the two great Christian Empires of Central Europe were not able to enforce their will upon their Asiatic ally when the existence of the whole Armenian nation was at stake.'
Recent events have only too clearly shown that the bloodthirstiness of the Turk is not yet assuaged.
J. ELLIS BARKER.
Art. 11.—THE JEWS AS A REVOLUTIONARY LEAVEN:
THE Count de Soissons' recent article on The Jews as a Revolutionary Leaven'* follows two main lines of argument. The one is general in its bearing, and points to the activity of Jews as a natural force of disorder in Europe; “the Jews (says the writer) are the most radical nation in all departments of life, and their radicalism frequently verges on nihilism' (p. 172). "The Jews possess no country; they are dispersed throughout the States of Europe; and, physically united with and involved in its life, they cannot be passive spectators. Every European tremor acts upon them directly or indirectly. Persecuted and slighted during so many centuries, they now have no feeling but hatred towards Europe; and since, among the factors of culture, the most adverse for them is Christianity, they direct their hatred above all against the religion of Christ' (p. 185). The other main line is directed to the construction of a particular chain of evidence between Spinoza (and Hegel) at one end, and Marx, Lassalle, and Trotsky at the other. The intervening links in this chain are Heine and Herzen, with Feuerbach's doctrine 'uniting Hegel with the positivism and materialism of later days' (p. 183).
There is a certain similarity in the mental development, views and life of Heine and Hercen’ (p. 172). "The thoughts of the Jew Spinoza, whom Heine ventures to call “the successor of Jesus Christ,” produced the most abundant fruits on German soil' (p. 177). 'Hercen took a prominent urt in the revolutionary movement of Russia and Europe. Heine, Marx, and Lassalle were united by their Jewish origin, by a common admiration for Hegel, and by the similarity of the revolutionary conclusions ... which they derived from Hegel and Feuerbach' (p. 183). Heine's wish is fulfilled; for, in
• Russia, Christian blood is being spilt in abundance, and the followers of Trotsky are carrying to unforeseen, but not illogical, conclusions the principles of the Jewish revolutionary writers-Spinoza, Heine, Hercen, Marx, and Lassalle' (p. 187).
This, briefly, is the argument (generally, to Jewish
extreme radicalism and morbid detestation of Christianity; particularly, to the sources of Russian Bolshevism in certain Jewish revolutionary writers) which it seems desirable, as we hope it is possible, to meet and refute, if Jews are to maintain and to extend their place in our common civilisation,* whether spiritually as monotheists or morally as Hebraists, after the recent upheaval.
How far the war itself is responsible for the present phase of the Jewish question is a speculation, however fascinating, which is not quite relevant to our context. In a chapter of The Times History of the War,' published at the end of 1917, it was said: ‘One after another, the great latent social and national problems of the world were raised by the war, and with the advance of the British forces from Egypt came the turn of Palestine and the Jews.' Certainly, a part of the emphasis now laid by Count de Soissons and other writers on the racial type and national character of the Jews may be traced to the national activities of Jewish Zionists in respect to Palestine. But to other Jews, as has recently been pointed out in an excellent handbook on the subject, f these activities seem misplaced. They object to Jewish nationalism on several grounds that seem sufficient to them, and particularly because it tends to shift the differentia of a Jew from his religion to his race. They maintain that it is for the sake of the religion that the race has been kept apart, since a majority race would absorb a minority religion ; that in all strictly national characteristics the Jew is identified with his fellowcountrymen; and that the admission of non-Jews to
* See particularly a posthumous book by Dr Joseph Jacobs, Jewish Contributions to Civilisation : an Estimate?; Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society, 1919; also a passage in S. H. Butcher, 'Some Aspects of the Greek Genius': 'Henceforth it is in the confluence of the Hellenic stream of thought with the waters that flow from Hebrew sources that the main direction of the world's progress is to be sought' (1891).
t Zionism and the Future of Palestine: The Fallacies and Dangers of Political Zionism.' By Morris Jastrow, Jr., Ph.D., LL.D. New York ; Macmillan, 1919 : The claim is made that Zionism is of the movement for the reassertion of nationalities that form such a striking feature of the political history of Europe in the 19th century. ... This impression is certainly erroneous and misleading. As a matter of fact, of the Jews settled in Western European countries and in this country (U.S.A.]
.. only a very small percentage approve of political Zionism.'
Judaism (at marriage, or on other occasions) is a proof of the purely religious test by which the name Jew is properly to be defined. We need not follow this reasoning further here* save to note that it commands the assent, if the author of that handbook is correct, of the large majority of Western Jews, and that, briefly, it may be expressed in the formula : Disraeli is a Jew to the Gentiles and a Gentile to the Jews.
Nor need we pause to discuss merely verbal differences with Count de Soissons. A nation' possessing .no country'is a phenomenon rare enough to justify a somewhat closer scrutiny than is accorded to it in the article under reply. Assuming, then, with the assent of most Jews both in Western Europe and in America, that the Jew is identified with his fellow-countrymen by the habits of national life-patriotic sentiment, language, education, and the culture which he shares and to which he contributes—and is distinguished from them by his Judaism, which imposes, for its self-preservation, an interdict on marriage with a person not professing the Jewish religion, is it not much easier to account for the variety of type among Jews, as among members of other sects, classes, and (political) nations? We might refer at this point to the course of the struggle for Jewish emancipation, which was fought demonstrably in this country on a purely religious basis, and was closed by the victory of the principle of Englishmen of the Jewish religion.' We might refer, again, to the more recent formulation of that principle on the part of the Jews of the British Empire who attended the Peace Conference in Paris. They, too, like their forbears in the last century, placed Judaism first, in pleading for the the rights of their co-religionists in foreign countries.
* Zionists (they wrote)t and the Delegations from Eastern Europe insisted on the presentation to the Peace Conference of a demand for the recognition of the Jews in their respective countries as a separate nationality. The Anglo-Jewish
* See · Zionism and Anti-Semitism,' Quarterly Review,' April 1902.
+ Report of the Delegation of the Jews of the British Empire on the Treaties of Versailles, St. Germain-en-Laye and Neuilly and the Annexed Minority Treaties'; London, 1920. The Delegation consisted of Sir S. Samuel, Messrs C. G. Montefiore, H. S. Q. Henriques, J. Prag, and Lucien Wolf (Secretary).
Delegates were unable to concur in this proposal, the Alliance Israélite also rejected it.' It was on behalf of members of a religious community that the claim was preferred and vindicated for equal national rights. Thus, while, on the one hand, we demur to Count de Soissons' description of the Jews' as "countrymen' of Karl Marx, and to his use of the word "compatriots' in writing of a religious community, which provides loyal subjects to all countries, on the other hand we venture to suggest that a more openminded attitude towards the Jews would not dwell exclusively on characteristics acquired by certain Jews in environments which have made, and are making, revolutionaries of men and women of any creed or none. Sir John Monash is a Jew as well as Trotsky, Samuel Gompers as well as Lassalle ; and the zeal for order and moral righteousness is arguably more purely Jewish in its origin than local vices engendered in a reaction from Prussian militarism or from Russian autocracy.
This seeming neglect of Judaism in the constitution of a Jew, and the apparent concentration of Count de Soissons on qualities developed here and there in Jews exposed to influences contrary or indifferent to Jewish teaching, is at once the lock and the key to our difference from some of his conclusions--the lock, because it debars us from approaching his contention in the same plane as he; the key, because we must use it to explain our own point of view.
In nearly every instance adduced by Count de Soissons to prove his particular inference from · Jewish revolutionary writers,' we should take, if not higher, at least other ground. We should say, frankly, of Spinoza, that, since he was expelled from the Jewish Church, Jews, adhering to Judaism, are no more entitled to the blame of the revolutionary principle traced by Count de Soissons to his writings than they are entitled to the credit of the praises bestowed upon his philosophy in the past. They will recall that Goethe was impressed by Spinoza's
boundless unselfishness’; that Coleridge joined him with Bacon and Kant as a writer of one of the ' three great works since the introduction of Christianity ; that he
* Biographia Literaria,' ch. x; quoted in “Spinoza,' by Sir Frederick Pollock, p. 375.