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N. Y. American Takes Issue with Zangwill

October 19, 1923
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Objection to Mr. Zangwill’s advocacy of “A Jewish vote to protect Jews and to express their ethical conceptions” is expressed in an aditorial in the New York American is titled: “American Jews are Americans”.

“Speaking specifically of America” says the editorial” Mr. Zangwill suggests that the Jews here are so super-patriotic that if it were ppssible, they would be 200 per cent Americans. Certainly by all the tests of patriotism, even to the point of making the supreme sacrifice, the Jews of American have proven themselves a most worthy and desirable element of our population.

But the British publicist surely misreads both America and the three million Jews now so thoroughly a part of the mation, when he advises the organization of a “Jewish vote to protect themselves and to express their ethical conceptions.” The simple answer to this advice that they do not need to protect themselves and they have no distinctive ethical conceptions. Besides Jews are so individualistic that it is impossible to organize or corral any such undesirable aggregation as a Jewish vote. To be a bit Hibernian, if such a thing as a thing as a Jewish vote were possible, the Jews them selves would oppose it.”

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