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baristocrat. We are proud of the stubbornness that the Jew bhas displayed in his battle for survival. We believe that to be ba Jew is to be given an awesome challenge, a challenge to bgreatness, and this self-respect, this pride, this dignity trans- blates itself into a way of life and a method of behavior in the beveryday life of the Jewish Defense League member.

b“The total absence of Hadar Yisroel, pride in Jewishness, bfinds its bleakest expression in the failure of the young Jew bin the Galut, in the Diaspora, to have any self-pride, any bpride in his people, in his heritage, in his history, and in his bfuture. Its place is taken by self-hatred and a desperate bsearch for goals in life. Thus we find the young Jew expres- bsing his admiration for non-Jewish heroes, even those, and bat time especially those, who are both anti-Jewish and dedi- bcated to destroying the State of Israel. One who does not bknow anything of his history and of his heroes will attempt bto find other heroes. One who lacks knowledge of things bwhich would give him pride in himself and his people will bsearch out other people and will carry within himself a bmasochism and a hatred of self, of parents, of religion, of brabbis, of synagogue, and of people.

b“Nor is this lack of Hadar confined to the young Jew. It bfinds expression, though more subtly, in his parents, that bgeneration which attempted to flee from an open expres- bsion of Jewishness, which substituted for true Jewish values ban American synthetic version thereof, which substituted bfor the difficult but glorious heritage a culture which con- bsisted mainly of Jewish food, lavish bar mitzvahs, and resort bhotels in the Catskills and Miami Beach. This shallowness, bthis emptiness, leaves its mark on both parent and child. It bleaves a vacuum which, if not filled by Hadar Yisroel, will be bfilled with a hatred of everything Jewish.

b“Above all, when there are no roots, when there is no bpride in heritage, in history and in people, there cannot be bpride in self, there cannot be self-respect. There remains bself-hatred. This self-hatred, this hopelessness, this root- blessness, must lead to a desire for self-destruction. There bmust arise a death wish. At times, this death wish remains a bthing within the Jewish individual, leading to his own per- b 

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