Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Second Candle

[BTW, I forgot to wish Joel at Far Outliers a Happy Holidays. Sorry.]

Martin Buber on the Arab question in 1921:
In a just union with the Arab people we want to make the common dwelling place into an economically and culturally flourishing commonwealth whose extension will guarantee each of its member nations an undisturbed autonomous development. Our colonization ... does not have the capitalistic exploitation of a sphere as its goal and serves no imperial aims whatsoever; its meaning is the creative work of free men on the communal earth. In this social character of our national ideal lies the powerful warranty for our confidence that between us and the workers among the Arab people a deep and lasting solidarity of real interests will manifest itself which must overcome all the antagonisms produced by the confusion of the moment.

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