The Statement of Benjamin Franklin

At the Constitutional Convention in 1789 concerning Jewish Immigration Copy of the original from the written records of Charles Pickney of South California , of the proceeding during the drafting of the United States Constitution at the Constitutional Convention in 1789 ( Original in Franklin Institute , Philadelphia )

“ There is a great danger for the USA . That great danger is the Jew . Gentlemen , in whichever land the Jews have settled , they have depressed the moral level and lowered the degree of commercial honesty . They have created a State within a State , and when they are opposed , they attempted to strangle the nation financially, as in the case of Portugal and Spain .”

“ For more than 1700 years they have lamented their sorrowful fate , namely , that they were driven out of the motherland , but gentlemen , if the civilized world today should give them back Palestine as their property, they would immediately find pressing reasons for not returning there . Why ? Because they are vampires and cannot live on other vampires . They cannot live among themselves . They must live among Christians and others who do not belong to their race .”

“ If they are not excluded from the United States by the Constitution within less than a hundred years they will stream into the country in such numbers that they will rule and destroy us , and change our from of government for which Americans have shed their blood and sacrificed life , property , and personal freedom . If the Jews are not excluded , within 200 years our children will be working in the fields to feed the Jews, while they remain in the Counting House gleefully rubbing their hands .

“ I warn you , gentlemen , if you don’t exclude the Jew forever , your children and your children’s children will curse you in your grave .”

“ Their ideas are not those of Americans . The leopard cannot change his spots . The Jews are a danger to this land , and if they are allowed to enter , they will imperil its institutions .”

“ They should be excluded by the Constitution .”


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