Benjamin Franklin on the Jews

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“I fully agree with General Washington, that we must protect this young nation from an  insidious influence and impenetration. The menace, gentlemen, is the Jews. In whatever country  Jews have settled in any great number, they have lowered its moral tone; depreciated its  commercial integrity; have segregated themselves and have not been assimilated; have sneered at and tried to undermine the Christian religion upon which that nation is founded, by objecting to  its restrictions; have built up a state within the state; and when opposed have tried to strangle  that country to death financially, as in the case of Spain and Portugal. For over 1,700 years, the  Jews have been bewailing their sad fate in that they have been exiled from their homeland, as they call Palestine. But gentlemen, did the world give it to them in fee simple, they would at once  find some reason for not returning. Why? Because they are vampires, and vampires do not live on vampires. They cannot live only among themselves. They must subsist on Christians and  other people not of their race. If you do not exclude them from these United States, in their Constitution, in less than 200 years they will have swarmed here in such great numbers that they  will dominate and devour the land and change our form of government, for which we Americans  have shed our blood, given our lives our substance and jeopardized our liberty.
If you do not exclude them, in less than 200 years our descendants will be working in the fields to furnish them substance, while they will be in the counting houses rubbing their hands. I warn you, gentlemen, if you do not exclude Jews for all time, your children will curse you in your graves. Jews, gentlemen, are Asiatics, let them be born where they will nor how many generations they are away from Asia, they will never be otherwise. Their ideas do not conform to an American’s, and will not even though they live among us ten generations. A leopard cannot change its spots. Jews are Asiatics, are a menace to this country if permitted entrance, and should be excluded by this Constitutional Convention.”
Benjamin Franklin (in a chit chat around the table during intermission at the Philadelphia  Constitutional Convention of 1787. This statement was recorded in the dairy of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, a delegate from South Carolina)

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