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bviolence is terrible and we deplore hoodlums whether they bare Jewish or not.” If there is no knowledge, how can one bdifferentiate . . .

bAnd, indeed, we constantly find such equations, more or bless, in the moralist, liberal press, where incessant injunc- btions against Israeli attacks are coupled with such moralism bas “Israel surely injures the ethical and moral position of its bcause when it engages in violence that takes human lives.” bAnd we, of course, hear from intellectuals and men of the bspirit similar equations of Israeli violence with Arab vio- blence, of Israeli killing with Arab killing, of Israeli bombs bwith Arab ones.

bThe time is long overdue to understand that the bombing bof Dresden by the British was not the same as the bombing of bBritain by the Luftwaffe; that the dropping of the atomic bbomb on Hiroshima was not the same as the Japanese blast- bing of Shanghai; that violence against evil is not the same as bviolence against good; and that sometimes violence is bneeded to preserve all that is true and beautiful in the world. bThat Jews who defend other Jews with violence are right.

bThe time is long overdue to cry out: “Are you mad? There bis a difference. There is a difference between terrorists com- bing to Lydda and killing innocent people and Israel’s killing bterrorists in a reprisal raid. There is a difference between the bone who starts it and the one who retaliates for the initial bkilling. There is a difference between this violence and that bviolence, and anyone who cannot understand that is a fool!”

bPerhaps, there is a hope that when one makes Havdala bonce or twice, every so often, he may yet learn to celebrate bthe Sabbath of reason and differentiate between truth and bfalsehood, sense and nonsense.

bHavdala, differentiation. The Jew who picks up a gun and buses it to defend himself against the anti-Semite is not the bsame as the anti-Semite who picks it up to murder him. The bJew who patrols the streets of a troubled and frightened bJewish neighborhood is not the same as the hoodlum- brapist-mugger against whom the “militant” Jew patrols. The bviolent Maccabee Matityahu was not the same as the Greek boppressor whom he slew; the violent Moses was not the same b 

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