This is an amazing book. I don't agree with everything he says, particularly my experience of the God of Yisrael is not gloomy, intense and demanding, yes, gloomy no, but, in the main, he is right on target. It is significant that it was written in 1924, while the world was still deeply traumatized by WWI, but had not yet experienced WWII and the State of Israel was not in existence.
"In everything, we are destroyers--even in the instruments of destruction to which we turn for relief... We Jews, we, the destroyers, will remain the destroyers for ever. Nothing that you will do will meet our needs and demands. We will destroy because we need a world of our own." - You Gentiles, pages 152, 155, and 147.
is taken out of context by anti-Semites. I guess they are counting on the fact that most people will suffice with the quotes as they offer them to you and will not go so far as to purchase the book, or even go to the public library, and read it for themselves. Why don't you prove them wrong?
It is also important that Anarchists and "Lefists" read this, because anti-Semitism is rampant among the gentiles who call themselves Anarchists and "Leftists" and it is important that they know the difference between a Jewish and a gentile Anarchist and a Jewish and a gentile Socialist or Communist.
These are the whole quotes, without the treatcherously misleading excisions:
"Because your chief institution is the social structure inteself, it is in this that we are most manifestly destroyers. We take part in the economic struggle for existence: this necessity we share with you. But our free spiritual energies point away from this struggle, for, unlike you, we have no pleasure in it. You gentiles fight because you like to fight; we fight because we have to – and in order to win." – pg 147
"The Jew is altogether too much of a cosmopolitan - even for your internationalists." - pg. 151
"In everything we are destroyers – even in the instruments of destruction to which we turn for relief. The very socialism and internationalism through which our choked spirit seeks utterance, which seem to threaten your way of life, are alien to our spirit's demands and needs. Your socialists and internationalist are not serious. The charm of these movements, the attraction, such as it is, which they exercise, is only in their struggle: it is the fight which draws your gentile radicals." – pg 152-3
There is more passages that the anti-Semitic detractors of this magnificent book does not dare to include in their mendaciously partial quotes.
"When the reckoning is drawn up your guilt cries to heaven: whatever have been your relations to each other, we Jews have at least been the common denominator of your brutality. Compared with each other, you are gentlemen, warriors, democracies: set side by side with us, you are bullies and cowards and mobs. Quotes such as these: In vain do your quiescent majorities wash their hands; their quiescence is their effective guilt - I care not that your minorities struck the blow: I should not acquit the majority if I could give judgement and impose punishment."
That you are unable to meet us on the spiritual level is made evident by the following: We are a disturbing influence in your life not through our own fault." - 128-129.
"Your world spins in a joyous illusion of progress; we, untouched by that illusion, destructive of your mood, stand aside, static, serious. We will be satisfied with nothing but the absolute." pg. 187
And, most importantly, let's complete the sentence and the passage that was mendaciously cut off by the anti-Semites who quotes Maurice Samuel, of blessed memory:
"We Jews, we, the destroyers, will remain the destroyers for ever. Nothing that you do will meet our needs and demands. We will destroy because we need a world of our own, a God-world, which it is not in your nature to build. Beyond all temporary alliances with this or that faction lies the ultimate split in nature and destiny, the enmity between the Game and God." – pg 155
And there is this:
"We dream of a world of utter justice and God-spirit, a world which whould be barren for you, devoid of all nourishment, bleak, unfriendly, unsympathetic. You do not want such a world: you are unapt for it. Seen in the dazzling light of your desires and needs our ideal is repellently morose." - 148-149
What Samuel is saying is not that the Jews are deliberate destroyers, or want to be. He is saying that we inadvertently destroy Gentile society, which is nothing but sport, pageantry and spectacle, because we demand a seriousness, a reality and a morality from life that is far greater than gentiles can ever provide and so among the gentiles we are forever trying to create moral structures that, as gentiles are not able to bear them, break under the weight of them.
One of the most remarkable things that Maurice Samuels says in his book YOU GENTILES, and which has been my experience too, to my chagrin is that the Jewish radical is no less unlike our gentile counterpart than the Orthodox traditional Jew is like a believing Xian.In both cases, our conception of righteousness, of morality, is so very much more sincere and profound as conceived by the Jew that we are wholly misunderstood.
It is not the Jewish Socialists who degraded Socialism, as it is not the Jewish Anarchists who degraded Anarchy. It was the gentile Socialists and Anarchists who made compromises with absolute justice, morality and concern for the other needed for those systems to work who degraded them.
Then the Jews were blamed for the fact that Socialism is, in practice, a totalitarian system. Gentiles made it so, not we.
It is very interesting too, how often the word 'alien' is used in this book in the sense of one who is a stranger. Since this book is one of the classic texts that the anti-Semites turn to for fodder with which to load their cannons against us, it may me assumed that all this recent talk of malevolent aliens from space, shapeshifting (Samuel indeed employs the word 'protean' on page 172) and infiltrating the elite is a code word for assimilated Jews.
Toward the very end of the book, Maurice Samuel, of blessed memory writes:
"...if this book offends by it assertiveness, God knows that the infinite tactfulness of thousands of other Jews seems to have offended you no less." pg. 221
Amen, my holy,beautiful and absolutely Jewish Brother
Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel