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There's a certain amount of ambiguity in my background, what with intermarriages and conversions, but under various readings of three codes which I don’t much respect (Mosaic Law, the Nuremberg Laws, and the Israeli Law of Return) I do qualify as a member of the tribe, and any denial of that in my family has ceased with me. But I would not remove myself to Israel if it meant the continuing expropriation of another people, and if anti-Jewish fascism comes again to the Christian world—or more probably comes at us via the Muslim world—I already consider it an obligation to resist it wherever I live. I would detest myself if I fled from it in any direction. Leo Strauss was right. The Jews will not be 'saved' or 'redeemed.' (Cheer up: neither will anyone else.) They/we will always be in exile whether they are in the greater Jerusalem area or not, and this in some ways is as it should be. They are, or we are, as a friend of Victor Klemperer's once put it to him in a very dark time, condemned and privileged to be 'a seismic people.' A critical register of the general health of civilization is the status of 'the Jewish question.' No insurance policy has ever been devised that can or will cover this risk. Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

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There

s

a

certain

amount

of

ambiguity

in

my

background



what

with

intermarriages

and

conversions



but

under

various

readings

of

three

codes

which

I

don’t

much

respect

(Mosaic

Law



the

Nuremberg

Laws



and

the

Israeli

Law

of

Return)

I

do

qualify

as

a

member

of

the

tribe



and

any

denial

of

that

in

my

family

has

ceased

with

me



But

I

would

not

remove

myself

to

Israel

if

it

meant

the

continuing

expropriation

of

another

people



and

if

anti

Jewish

fascism

comes

again

to

the

Christian

world—or

more

probably

comes

at

us

via

the

Muslim

world—I

already

consider

it

an

obligation

to

resist

it

wherever

I

live



I

would

detest

myself

if

I

fled

from

it

in

any

direction



Leo

Strauss

was

right



The

Jews

will

not

be



saved



or



redeemed





(Cheer

up:

neither

will

anyone

else

)

They/we

will

always

be

in

exile

whether

they

are

in

the

greater

Jerusalem

area

or

not



and

this

in

some

ways

is

as

it

should

be



They

are



or

we

are



as

a

friend

of

Victor

Klemperer

s

once

put

it

to

him

in

a

very

dark

time



condemned

and

privileged

to

be



a

seismic

people





A

critical

register

of

the

general

health

of

civilization

is

the

status

of



the

Jewish

question





No

insurance

policy

has

ever

been

devised

that

can

or

will

cover

this

risk



Christopher

Hitchens



Hitch

22:

A

Memoir



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