OTTAWA (Feb. 2)
The Canadian press and radio, evaluating the arguments presented by British historian Arnold Toynbee and Israel Ambassador Yaacov Herzog in their debate in Montreal on Jews and on the Israel-Arab problem, summed up the debate in favor of Ambassador Herzog.
The French-Canadian Broadcasting System station CKAC,said that the result of the debate was 20-0 in favor of Ambassador Herzog, since Professor Toynbee had qualified his original statement and included all peoples in his remark about Nazi type atrocities. Furthermore, the station’s commentator declared. Dr.Toynbee admitted for the first time that the Jewish people had become “defossilized.”
The Montreal Gazette, stressing Prof.Toynbee’s retraction, quotes the historian: I agree that there is a chain of moral evil running through nearly all societies. This does not apply only to the Jews.” The Gazette also cited Dr.Toynbee’s agreement to the validity of Ambassador Herzog’s question: “Why don’t the Arab governments take them out of their parasitic existence and stop holding them in camps as a political weapon?”