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Friday, November 26, 1920.
THE JEWISH MONITOR Nina Wise Accuses Ford of Libeling ews j Rabbi Denounces Automobile Manu factum for Hia Attack on Race. Says Charges Are False. Sees Spirit of the Incendiary Appeal to Racial Prejudice Condemned. In the course of his address at Car negie Hall before the Free Synagogue recently, on "Henry Ford's Challenge and a Jew'a Reply," Wr. Wise said: "Henry Ford's series of articles in The Dearborn Independent, now re printed in pamphlet form under the heading, "The World's Foremost Problem: The International Jew,' i3 not so much a challenge to the Jew as an affront to public opinion, as an in suit to every public decency. Before the war and the state of psychic dis turbance which it has brought about, not even a Henry Ford would have dared to publish material resting for ' the most part upon the so-called Proc tocols, a forgery so clumsy, so stupid, so obvious that none save Henry Ford could be deceived thereby. "The very title of the pamphlet, "The World's Foremost Problem: The International Jew,' is the direst libel against the Jewish people at a time when the world ia beset by problems national and international, and is by indirection tempted to seie hold of the Jew as the scapegoat solvent of all its problems. The Ford creed is the most insidious of appeals to explain world unrest by erecting the bogey of Bolshevism as an invention of Jew ish capitalism and Jewish proletarian ism leagued together ad hoc. Ford's Motive a Mystery. What Henry Ford's motives may be it is not easy for one to determine who is unfamiliar with abnormal phy chology or psychiatry. It may be that this adventure in the retailing of the contents of old garbage pails repre sents a prospective Presidential can didacy. It may be nothing more ser ious than a publicity feat of the not unknown products. Back of Henry Ford's invasion of the field of Jewish libel may lie abysmal ignorances, but that ignorance is being utilized with a skill and adroitness of malignity. "I am a Zionist I have been associ ated with the leaders of the Zionist movement for twenty-three years, Herzl, Wolfsohn, Nardau, Weitxmann, Sokolow, Brandeis, Mack. I am entire ly familiar with the words and works of the Zionist leaders throughout all these years. No man that is sane can for a moment believe that the Proc tocols are anything other than an amaiing forgery, designed after the pattern of many older forgeries to place in the mouth of Jews senti ments and purposes hostile to the world. "Zionism set out to concern itself frankly and publicly with a great pub lie purpose, invoked and secured the support of the enlightened peoples of . the earth, that support finding its con. summation In the San Remo decision of April, 1920, which awarded to Great Britain the mandate over an ultimately Jewish Palestine. This San Remo decision of England, France, Italy and America was, to use a term . as it is used in the Christian world, one of the most Christian acts of 1900 years. Gravemen of Ford's Charge. "The gravemen of the Ford charge is that the Jews have set out to con quer the world. I for my part pray for the conquest of Christendom by Christianity, for the world's sake, for Israel's sake, that Jews may be free once again, as they ought to be, to concern themselves with the problem of self-mastery and self-conquest. The allegation is that Jews are not only powerful but that they aim to be om nipotentin other words, the conquer ors of the world. If the legend be true, how reconcile this imagined conquest of the world, this fabled omnificence of the Jew with the status of half the Jews of the earth? "The Jews of Eastern Europe, whom, I say it with infinite sorrow, we seem powerless to save; the Jews of Central Europe, who have entered upon an era of unparalleled misery, scapegoat in deservedly broken Ger many, shuttlecock of Austria, despis ed victim of Hungary! If we aimed at power, if we cherished designs of world supremacy, would we not will to keep ourselves alive? Five to seven million Jews are in blackest, awful lest misery, and in America, including the gifts of non-Jews, not more than $15,000,000 have been given by 3,000, 000 and more American Jews. "Doesn't savor of great power and conquering world-might to admit that of ten millions asked for by the Zion ist organization of America as the Palestine Restoration Fund not two millions have come to hand? Is not Zionism in itself a token of want of ' power? Some Jews wish to rebuild the Jewish homeland, but many more must flee thither for refuge. So poor and powerless are we that we cannot even afford to bring to Palestine tens of thousands of homeless Jews strug gling afoot and starving throughout Europe." Dr. Wise dealt with the charge of . Henry Ford that the Jews of the world had apparently secured the five points of the star the purse, the press, peerage, Palestine and prolet- arianism the sixth point to be the Prince of Israel. "Would God," exclaimed Dr. Wise, "that a Prince of Israel who was on earth nineteen hundred years ago, he whom Christians name the Prince of Peace, might come to earth to teach and to lead them that call themselves by his name and withal reject him in deed." Charge ailed Fain. "Ford challenges in the terms, 'The Jew believes that the world is his by right; he wants to collect his own, and the speediest way of doing so is the destruction of order by revolution.' This is utterly and abominably false. The Jew does not believe that the world is his by right. I reply to Ford's challnege, 'the Jew believes that right must rule the world.' "Ford's challenge takes the form, 'There were as many Gentiles killed by Gentiles as there are Jews in the world, it was a great victory for Is rael.' In truth, one million Jews and more have been killed by war or through the aftermath of war within the last six years. Hundreds of thous ands of Jews were slain in the Rus sian Army, Jews infinitely more loyal to Russia than the Romanoffs. One hundred thousand Jews have been butchered by the Fords of the Uk raine within two years. Ford is das tardly enough to point out that few Jews could have died in battle in any army, for only crosses are to be seen in the war cemeteries of Europe, and this defamation of our honored, hal lowed dead in every war cemetery comes with poor grace indeed from the abetting father of the skulking Eddal. "Ford's challenge assumes: 'Jews today are the only people whose spec ial and extraordinary privileges are written into the world's treaty of peace.' Special and extraordinary privileges forsooth! Because the de mocracies of the world set out to rec ognize the rights of minority peoples in Eastern Europe Jews included! And these special honored in the breach altogether by Poland and other East European lands, which will find support of all their injustice to the Jew in the Ford words and works. "Though, because of the limitations of time, I must postpone the discus sion of what Jews think of non-Jews in answer to the challenge of Ford, I will tell what one Jew thinks of one non-Jew. No man ought to be free to have the power which Henry Ford h exercising for evil. No man, though as rich as Ford or Croesus, ought to be suffered to libel a whole people If. a land the well-being of which depend upon the spirit of understanding and of conciliation, of tolerance and of good-will. For! -I-'lared that the au thorship of the proctocol. basic to hi. own challenge, is imputed by Jews to a criminal or a madman. The rep'y of one Jew to Henry Ford is that lis work, 'The World's Greatest Probic.u The International Jew' is the work of a criminal or a madman. And I do not believe, despite certain significant in t N ations, that Henry Fori is a mad man. "Henry Ford is seeking to introduce into American life a tendency that is divisive, disruptive and morally fate ful. The American people will have none of him and of his ways. When once the American people, lovers of fair play and of justice understand that Henry Ford is seeking to in troduce the spirit of or that makes for progromism into America, they will abhor and renounce him. Henry Ford needs to be reminded that America is not a matter of cheap engines but of a precious spirit. Henry Ford shall not be suffered to cheapen the spirit of America; he shall not be suffered to vulgarize and corrupt America's soul. "The challenge reads that we are tiying to destroy Christianity. One Jew replies; Far fron that, the evil is that there is not enough Christianity in the world. If there were, Henry Ford, his incendiary word, his crimin ally inciting purpose, would not be tolerated for an hour. Henry Ford challenges in the terms that "Jews are said to come and meet and go in every capital of Europe with a name less program.' Not a program! It s not a Jewish program, but Christian pogroms that bring us together. Hen ry Ford calls himself a Christian. No Ukrainian hooligan, slayer of wom?n and children, was ever more truly guilty of the spirit of the pogrom than is Henry Ford. "And if Henry Ford be right and his challenge be valid, then let it be re membered by them that understand (Continued on Page 11). Th Interracial Council f at re4ay, H.t J j A ROSE, WITH TOO NANY THORNS