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Ray Charles

On Israel & Judaism

“Even though I'm not Jewish...Israel is one of the few causes I feel good about supporting.”

“Blacks and Jews are hooked up and bound together by a common history of persecution....”

“If someone besides a black ever sings the real gut bucket blues, it'll be a Jew. We both know what it's like to be someone else's footstool.”


Sources: Beverly Hills Lodge of B'nai Brith's tribute to its "Man of the Year" in 1976, RayCharles.com