Religion: Moral v. Numerical

"Some of my best friends are Jews," said Historian Arnold Toynbee, speaking at Montreal's McGill University, but he also said other things that involved him in one of his periodic conflicts with some of his best friends' friends. At a time when many Jews, including ex-Prime Minister Ben-Gurion, are wondering about the role of world Jewry in relation to Israel (TIME, Jan. 6), Toynbee reiterated two statements made in his monumental work, A Study of History: 1) the Israeli treatment of Arabs during the war of 1948 is morally comparable to the Nazi treatment of the Jews; 2) the Jewish claim...

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