WHEREVER THEY MAY BE
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when I telephoned! I am promptly surrounded by the press, so again I have the opportunity to explain the meaning of my actions for the cause of Israel.

My schedule for October-December: lectures, all unpaid. A sampling: October 21, Geneva one hour, live, on television. October 30, Paris, the Freemasons. November 7, Geneva. November 11-15, five lectures in Israel. November 25, Paris, the Synagogue. November 26, Pau. November 27, Toulouse, the Jewish Agency. December 1, Cercle Bernard Lazare, Paris. December 4, Avignon. December 6, Montpellier. December 7, Aix-en-Provence. December 8, Nîmes. December 10, Antwerp. December 13, Metz. December 17, Lycée Chateau-Thierry. December 18, ORT, Villiers-le-Bel. December 19, B'nai-B'rith, Vincennes.

At the conclusion of my lectures I autograph my book, whose sales provide some of the money we need to go on working and living. The halls are always filled. I say this not in vanity; people like to see an activist. I often appear on radio and television. My lectures typically end up with something like this:
In conclusion, I can only repeat what I consider essential. Anti-Zionism today is the main branch of that same sturdy old tree, anti-Semitism. For centuries the cry against the Jewish people during pogroms was, "Go back to your own country." But at that time they didn't have a country. So one day the Jews started on the road to the Land of Israel and they rebuilt the Jewish homeland.

Later, when the Nazis undertook the systematic destruction of the Jewish people, with many active collaborators in most of the European nations, they forbade the Jews to return to their country, Palestine, where their brothers awaited them. Then we saw ships, overladen with Jews forced back from Palestine, go down at sea and go down, too, into the bored indifference of the belligerents. This must not happen again.

And yet today, when the Jewish people have their own land to protect them, anti-Semitism is striving relentlessly to destroy this protection. The anti-Semites are nostalgic for the forties. How easy it was then in the Ukraine to club Jews to death, how easy in Lithuania to make them undress and dig mass graves before being shot in them, how easy in Poland to make rabbis crawl on all fours or burn their beards; how easy for the Germans to build huge gas chambers, for the Austrians to put Jews to scrubbing the streets of Vienna with toothbrushes; how easy it was for Vichy to "aryanize" Jewish property and deliver to the Germans thousands of foreign Jews who had trustingly come to France thinking the French would protect them.

Today, now that there is an Israel, such things are impossible, and
     
   
 
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