The Winston Week – #4 – Winston, the Jews, and Racism

Note: The Winston Week, is an attempt by me to provide comment and the 3-5 best thoughts and links which I have come across during the week. I am an unabashed Churchillian, but will try and keep to the facts. Many times facts are hard to swallow, but in the end provide nourishment for the soul.

If one were to issue a racial epithet or stereotype, the politically correct, self-important, moral relativist crowd would cry foul and demand the person who uttered such a thing should be defiled, demand they lose their job, and become a villain for the rest of their lives.

Take the same scenario but direct it at the Jews or Israel, and the same group falls silent. This same group will defend their lack of equal outrage as free speech, as an opinion, as (God forbid) the truth. The rise of antisemitism plagues the United States and Europe. For some, it is perfectly natural. Normal for those who continue to drive a stake in the fabric of human decency. These same people make a fine living by keeping us divided by some false notion that to control the masses; they must continue to make the masses feel like victims.

Sir Winston was a friend of the Jewish people. His official biographer Sir Martin Gilbert was Jewish. This antisemitism hits too close to home. In 1943 in Amsterdam David Bos, a Jewish man, married to my great aunt, was taken by the Gestapo, along with his brother and father. All three were murdered at Auschwitz.

In his speech to the Oregon Historical Society last November, Andrew Roberts said (I’m paraphrasing) Having Jews as friends were natural to Winston. His father had many Jewish friends.

I do not believe for a moment that the Jews were friends of the Churchill ’s because they were Jewish; they were friends that happen to be Jewish. Winston strongly supported the creation of the Israel nation, in 1948.

The Israeli nation created the only democracy in the region and the only nation that supports freedom for its citizens. These two reasons alone should be enough for any free nation to stand at Israel’s side.

In 1917 Arthur Balfour, the British Foreign Secretary penned a letter to Lord Rothschild on behalf of the British government. This letter because of the Balfour Declaration. Winston supported the declaration and saw it through in 1948.

The Balfour Declaration
Foreign Office
November 2nd, 1917

Dear Lord Rothschild,
I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.

“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.
Yours sincerely,
Arthur James Balfour

Here are some interesting links from the previous week:



What Winston Learned From the Great War

Leaders Unite to Condem AntiSemitism

What Winston Learned From the Great War



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  1. Martin van Winkel

    Nice story.

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