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bvanguard and let the words ‘Jewish Defense League’ be part bof the comfort and consolation that comes from knowing bthat one’s life was put to holy purpose.

b“How magnificently did Jabotinsky put this concept when bhe wrote of the simple soldiers of the Jewish Legion of bWorld War I:*

b. . . The Jewish people did not thank those five bthousand; they need no thanks. But in their inner con- bsciousness there lives that feeling of pride to which I have bgiven expression; the time will come when Jewish chil- bdren will learn this truth together with their alphabets. bAnd to each one of the five thousand, I say what I once bsaid to my ‘tailors,’ taking farewell of them at our last bcamp at Rishon: ‘Far away, in your home, you will one day bread glorious news of a free Jewish life in a free Jewish bcountry—of factories and universities, of farms and btheaters, perhaps of M.P.’s and Ministers. Then you will blose yourself in thought, and the paper will slip from your bfingers; and there will come to your mind a picture of the bJordan Valley, of the desert by Raffa, of the hills of bEphraim by Abuein. Then you shall stand up, walk to the bmirror, and look yourself proudly in the face. Jump to b‘attention,’ and salute yourself—for ’tis you who have bmade it.”

3. BARZEL

bBarzel—Iron. The Galut image of the Jew as a weakling, bas one who is easily stepped upon and who does not fight bback, is an image that must be changed. Not only does that bimage cause immediate harm to Jews but it is a self-perpet- buating thing. Because a Jew runs away and because a Jew al- blows himself to be stepped upon, he guarantees that another bJew in the future will be attacked because of the image which bhe has perpetuated. Furthermore, running away, the Jew bcomes to believe that he is indeed week; that he is indeed a b 

*The Story of the Jewish Legion (Bernard Ackerman, Inc., 1945), p. 182.

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