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Jew-Hatred as History RULE A Typical Tactic: Quoting Out of Context

Posted: December 31, 2001


Introduction
Post-Mortem on "The Secret Relationship"
Eminent Scholars on "The Secret Relationship"
Bigotry as History
Scapegoating of Jews Continues
The NOI's
A Scholar Defines the Issue
The "International Jew" Myth
A Typical Tactic: Quoting Out of Context
The Fatal Flaws of "The Secret Relationship"

One typical distortion employed throughout The Secret Relationship is the quote out of context. For example, the authors contend that "Jewish clergy did not even discuss Black slavery until 1860, and then primarily in support of it."(p. 143) (Footnote 551,) which ostensibly supports this argument, refers to the Encyclopedia Judaica. However, the source actually states:

Rabbinical concern with slavery...did not appear until late 1860, on the eve of the Civil War. David Einhorn of Baltimore emerged as the leading rabbinical abolitionist: he would not accept biblical slavery as a sanction for the "bestial" and dehumanizing U.S. slavery. Rabbi Morris J. Raphall, replying, insisted that the Bible sanctions slavery, though not its U.S. chattel variety. (Volume 12, p. 932)

Turning Jews into Anti-Semites
Elsewhere, the authors cite Bertram Korn's American Jewry and the Civil War (footnote 636) when they note - again in a passage irrelevant to the issue of slavery - that "The New York Dispatch reported that if you walked to the corner of Williams Street and Exchange Place, all you would see were the 'descendants of Shylock,' and all you would hear would be 'up to shixty-five, up to Sheventy-one! Mine God, it vill go up to von hundred [sic]!"'(p. 164)In customary fashion, the authors have turned Korn's denunciation of anti-Semitism into an apparent attack on Jews by the author himself. In context Korn states:

The New York Tribune, Herald, and Commercial, the Patterson Press, and the Detroit Commercial Advertiser were only a few of the papers which alleged that Jews were responsible for the speculation in gold.... The New York Dispatch said that if you walked to the corner of Williams Street and Exchange Place, all you would see were the "descendants of Shylock" and all you would hear would be "Up to shixty-five, up to Sheventy-one! Mine God, it vill go up to von hundred!" There was as little truth in this accusation as in any other blanket generalization; the New York Jewish editors dared their secular colleagues to walk to the gold curb and count Jews, so certain were they that a very small proportion of Jews could be found there. (Korn p.161)





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