American Presidents

January 21, 1919 A Jewish State in Palestine
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January 21, 1919 A Jewish State in Palestine

“The American understanding of the intent and purpose of the Balfour Declaration is clearly deducible from the following outline of tentative report and recommendations of the intelligence section of the American delegation to the Versailles Peace Conference, in accordance with instructions, for the President and the Plenipotentiaries, January 21, 1919. PALESTINE. It is recommended: 1) […]

June 16, 1919 Refugees / Minority Rights
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June 16, 1919 Refugees / Minority Rights

The Germans, even before the Versailles treaty was completed, were preparing to argue the case for minority rights to protect Germans living outside of Germany’s borders. The representatives of the great powers, aware of the problem, were not particularly anxious to tackle questions of political or cultural autonomy, while the successor states had every interest […]

1912 President Woodrow Wilson
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1912 President Woodrow Wilson

President Woodrow Wilson: 1913-1921 “If ever I have the occasion to help in the restoration of the Jewish people to Palestine I shall surely do so.” After his election President Wilson told Robert Morgenthau, the U.S. ambassador to Turkey: “Anything you can do to improve the lot of your coreligionists will reflect credit upon America” […]

September 1905 Roosevelt Against Oppression of the Jews in Russia
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September 1905 Roosevelt Against Oppression of the Jews in Russia

“Stop Your Cruel Oppression of the Jews” (e.g. In Russia) Pogroms “This cartoon illustrates the traditional thesis that the Jewish migration from Pale of Settlement in Russia was caused by the pogroms. It shows a Jewish town, on that right, that was hit by a pogrom, and a stream of Jewish refugees fleeing it on […]

1786 In a letter to John Jay, Thomas Jefferson wrote
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1786 In a letter to John Jay, Thomas Jefferson wrote

1786 American Presidents Thomas Jefferson: Years of President: 1801–1809 In a letter to John Jay, Thomas Jefferson wrote “We took the liberty to make some enquiries concerning the ground of their pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had […]

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President John Adams: 1797–1801
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President John Adams: 1797–1801

1818 American Presidents President John Adams: 1797–1801 President John Adams in a letter to Major Mordecai Noah wrote: “I really wish the Jews again in Judea, an independent nation.” Source (Insert Source)

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President Martin Van Buren: 1837-1841
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President Martin Van Buren: 1837-1841

1840 American Presidents President Martin Van Buren: 1837-1841 State of the Union Address: President Martin Van Buren expressed concern for the plight of Jews in the Ottoman Empire. He called it “the most anti-Semitic of countries.” Source: Lee, Melvin E. The Fallacy of Grievance-based Terrorism, Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2008

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1867 America Presidents Mark Twain
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1867 America Presidents Mark Twain

1867 America Presidents Mark Twain In his book, Innocents abroad (Published 1869),  Mark Twain wrote about his travels in Palestine: “There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent [valley of Jezreel] — not for 30 miles in either direction… One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings. … For […]

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President Benjamin Harrison: 1889-1893 – Concerning Pogroms in Russia
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President Benjamin Harrison: 1889-1893 – Concerning Pogroms in Russia

“This Government has found occasion to express in a friendly spirit, but with much earnestness, to the Government of the Czar its serious concern because of the harsh measures now being enforced against the Hebrews in Russia.  By the revival of anti-Semitic laws, long in abeyance, great numbers of those unfortunate people have been constrained […]

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September 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt
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September 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt

September 1905 American Presidents President Theodore Roosevelt: 1901-1909 “This cartoon illustrates the traditional thesis that the Jewish migration from Pale of Settlement was caused by the pogroms.  It shows a Jewish town, on that right, that was hit by a pogrom, and a stream of Jewish refugees fleeing it on their way to become immigrants […]

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