by Dr. Gerhard Falk
are the most heroic people on earth. Were it not so, there would be no Jews left
in this world. Yet, among us there are those who stand out as exceptional
defenders of Israel. These are the few who are unwavering in their support of
our right to live and to survive, a right normally granted all mankind except
when fifty-seven years after the mass murder of 6 million Jews, the
European-Arab alliance seeks to slaughter another 6 million if not all of us, we
remember Zeev Jabotinsky as one of our greatest heroes.
1880 in Odessa, Russia, Jabotinsky became a journalist and correspondent for
several Russian newspapers. However, the insane European anti-Judaism drove him
into a different direction, just as it had done for Theodor Herzl.
the Jews of Kishinev were brutally attacked and murdered. As a consequence
Jabotinsky joined the Zionist movement started by Herzl and was elected a
delegate to the 6th Zionist Congress. But he did more than that. Like
the great Meir Kahane in our own day, Jabotinsky organized self-defense units in
Russia. He also spread the Hebrew language and culture throughout Russia and
participated in the establishment of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Jabotinsky became a war correspondent reporting on the events of the First World
War. This brought him to Alexandria, Egypt, where he met Joseph Trumpeldor.
Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great, the Macedonian Greek king
(356-323 B.C.E. [before the common era]). The city had a Jewish population since
the first century. However, in 1948 and thereafter, the Egyptian Arabs forced
all Jews to abandon that and all other Egyptian cities without compensation for
their homes and their property. That is of course the real refugee problem in
the Middle East today.
philosopher Philo was born in Alexandria in approximately 20 B.C.E. and died
there in 50 C.E. If he interests you, you can get my book Manís Ascent to
Reason in the Audubon library. There is a short discussion of Philo
in the book. There are also some extensive works about Philo in several
to Jabotinsky. Having met Trumpeldor, Jabotinsky was inspired to work for the
establishment of a Jewish Legion to fight alongside the British. This he
achieved in 1917 when the British government finally organized such a unit. That
unit fought to free Israel from Turkish rule, a fight in which Jabotinsky
participated. Jabotisnky established the Keren Hayesod (Israel Foundation
Fund) and in 1925 founded the Zionist Revisionists, calling for the immediate
establishment of a Jewish state.
established the youth movement Betar, which trained young women and men
in self defense, and edited the Hebrew daily Doar Hayo.
Jabotinsky came to the United States on a lecture tour. This provided the
British with an opportunity to exclude him from Israel, which he never saw
again, as he died in the U.S.A. in 1940.
influence of Jabotinsky exceeded his presence. Jabotinsky organized the Irgun
Zvi Leumi National Military Organization, which fought the British
occupiers and organized large scale immigration into Israel. More than 40 ships
sailed from Europe during the years of British occupation of Israel and defeated
the British-Arab effort to keep Jews out of our land.
kept writing novels, stories and political tracts which inspired Jews everywhere
to fight on for Jewish independence and Jewish rights. His efforts to establish
a Jewish army during the second World War resulted in the formation of the
Jewish Brigade in 1944. This happened after Jabotinskyís death. That brigade
fought under the command of Brigadier E.F. Benjamin in Egypt and in Italy as
part of the British army. The brigade was instrumental in finding concentration
camp survivors and moving them to Israel despite British opposition.
party which elected Ariel Sharon was founded on Jabotinskyís principles.
Jabotinsky understood that Jews must be ready to defend themselves with force at
all times. He understood that the Arabs seek the total destruction of Israel and
the mass murder of all Jews. He knew that Jews can only rely on themselves and
no one else. He recognized that an independent Jewish state is the only
guarantee of Jewish survival in this world and he encouraged all of us to be
proud of our heritage, our religion, our civilization and ourselves.
Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications,
A New Look at the Supporting Generation (with Dr. Ursula A., Falk, 2002),
Ascent to Reason (2002).