Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Fifty Years Ago, One Day Before the Six Days War

This photograph was snapped on the evening of June 4th, 1967 at Mevo Betar.

Those photographed were part of the first group of volunteers to arrive in the state of Israel in the "waiting period" prior to the Six Days War.

I was already here, participating in the Machon program but the rest flew in from New York.








Front row, left to right: Phill Dan, Reuven Miller, Risa Tzohar, Aaron Kinsberg

Middle Row: Benny Ben-David, Efraim Dimant, ?, Judy ?, Reuven Genn

Back row: Baruch Kraus, ?, Yisrael (Winkie) Winkelman/Medad

Missing: Myron (Bucky) Buchman

There's an academic article on that phenomenon.

A recollection I published:

On the Sunday, June 4, I visited a group of volunteers from New York, friends of mine who by their act had launched a movement of thousands. They were staying at Mevo Betar. There we went through a special first aid course including how to carry a person wounded by a blast to his stomach so as not to have him lose any entrails or such. I left for Jerusalem on the first bus at 6 AM the next day, Monday, and just before reaching the city, the news came over the radio concerning "fierce battles in the south". I caught a bus to Tel Aviv where I picked up another recent volunteer and we both caught the last bus south for Kiryat Gat [on my way back to Moshav Amatzia]. 

Benny Rosen's recollection.

From Tom Segev:



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Marci?Miriam Rosen adds:

another thing that I remember is that we had so many people calling the office. Somehow the word got out that Betar was the way to get to Israel to help. One person came to the office stating that a nun had told him to come to us, another was told by a taxi cab driver. The most amazing to me was that my mother (Benny and I were living with her at the time) received a telegram from someone in Puerto Rico (how they got her address is beyond me) saying that he was willing to leave his wife to come with us to help Israel!
While in Israel we met the most fascinating people from different parts of the world. One in particular was a young man from Portugal. He was a marrano Jew who came to Israel to help out and to find 'his roots'.  When we all went home, he remained.
It was an experience that will stay with me forever.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Moshe Brodetzky at Ramat Rachel 1948

American Betari, decorated World War II veteran, a soldier of the Irgun and a hero of the battle for Ramat Rachel (and a Soviet Jewry activist), Moshe Brodetsky:


Part of the story:


The Egyptians halted their advance, and the Legion also paused to take stock of their situation. I exploited the relative quiet to visit the wounded, which were lying on the floor of the dining-hall. The room was quiet, and only a stifled groan was heard here and there. I went over to one of the injured and asked how he was. In reply, he asked for a little water. I hastened to the jug in the corner, but was disappointed to find that it was empty and that there was no water even for the wounded. 

The many casualties sustained vastly reduced our numbers. One of the injured officers appealed to his wounded comrades, explaining that if the Arabs reached the dining hall, he would give them weapons and they had to fight to the last bullet. It was Daniel (Moshe Brodetzky), who had been an officer in the US army in World War Two. Daniel had come to study in Jerusalem at the Hebrew University, and when fighting broke out, had joined the Irgun. He was wounded while on look out on the roof of the dining-hall, and after being bandaged, had immediately gone up to the roof again. Only when he was hit for the second time did I order him to remain in the dining-hall with the other wounded men. 

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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Participation in the anti-Nahum Goldman Demo

From Yisrael Medad

In January 1967, at the Actions Committee of the WZO meeting in Jerusalem, I participated, while on Machion, in a demonstration against Nahum Goldman's stand on passivity on the question of Soviet Jewry and Germany.

We rolled up banners of 30 feet long around our chests to get them in.


The Prime Minister, Mr. Levi Eshkol, in his speech stressed the powerful ties existing between the State of Israel and the Jewish people in all lands of their dispersion, underlining the close cooperation between the Government and the Zionist Executive...He sent fraternal greetings to the Jews of Soviet Russia, expressing the hope that in view of the statement of the Russian Premier regarding the re-union of families, immigration from that country would increase.

When Dr. Nachum Goldmann, President of the World Zionist Organization, rose to speak, a group of young persons bearing slogans demonstrated against him and against his stand on the problems of ties with Germany. 

We were about a dozen: Israelis, Canadians, a French Betari and me.

I was kicked in the back by a Mapainik.

We were escorted out with no further police charges. 

It was a hit, however, back at Machon both negatively with the administration (David Brodsky gave a half-hearted dressing-down talk) and with the other Machoniks.

From Davar:



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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Annual Post-Commemoration Get-together

As is our custom, North American Betarim pay respect to two Betar North America graduates who fell during their service in the Israel Defense Forces: Eli Solomon and Chuck (Haim) Hornstein (Haran).

And afterwards, Reuven and Yehudit Miller host a get-together and their home in Jerusalem.

Pictures:






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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Who Headed American Betar in 1932

Smertenko Heads Brith Trumpeldor in America
August 23, 1932

Johan Smertenko, managing editor of “Opinion,” was elected head of the Brith Trumpeldor of America, Revisionist youth organization, at the first annual convention of the organization held here over the week end.


The convention adopted a resolution calling upon Great Britain to withdraw its ban on Vladimir Jabotinsky, head of the World Union of Zionist Revisionists, and permit his return to Palestine.


Resolutions calling for the extension of the work of the Brith Trumpeldor and the increase of its membership were also adopted.


Reports were rendered by the retiring head of the group, Joseph Beder, and M. Berk of Chicago.


Speakers at the mass meeting which opened the convention on Saturday evening included Jacob De Haas, Dr. Mason, of the Society of All Nations ; Isaac Allen, L. Altman and Elias Ginsburg.

On Smertenko:

here 

here

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When Jabotinsky Forbade

As reported

Jabotinsky Forbids American Brith Trumpeldor to Deal with Congress CourtJanuary 24, 1933Paris (Jan. 23)


Vladimir Jabotinsky, president of the World Union of Zionist Revisionists, today cabled the Brith Trumpeldor Organization in America forbidding it “to have any dealings with the World Zionist Congress Court of Honor. You may offer the Histadruth the proposal to jointly appoint a real court of honor.”


The Revisionist leader’s instructions refer to the statement issued by the Revisionist Organization in the United States and signed jointly by Elias Ginsburg, its president, and Joseph Beder, acting chief of the Brith Trumpeldor, agreeing to submit the differences between the Histadruth and the Revisionists in Palestine, on the question of labor, to the Congress Court of honor.


The statement was in acceptance of a proposal made by Israel Mereminski, Histadruth leader, now in the United States. The proposal was made by Mr. Mereminski in connection with the guerilla warfare that has been current in Palestine for months between members of the Palestine Labor Federation and the Revisionists.


The Revisionist leader’s reference to a real court of honor is a deliberate criticism of the present Court of Honor which is now regarded as a party organ because of its vote to suspend the Revisionists separate Union, following trial of the Revisionist Union on the charge of breach of Zionist discipline. The Revisionists had asked postponement of the trial until the World Zionist Congress when their spokesmen could be present.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Report on a 1934 Meeting

Labor Zionists Are Assailed at Herzl Rites

July 10, 1934


An attack on general Zionism and Labor Zionism for swerving from the ideal of Herzlian Zionism was the keynote of a memorial meeting by the Zionist-Revisionist Organization and the Brith Trumpeldor for Dr. Theodor Herzl and Chaim Nachman Bialik last night at Plaza Hall, Fifteenth street and Irving place.


“When in 1897,” said Louis Altman, Revisionist leader, “Dr. Herzl assembled the first Zionist Congress, the Jewish Socialists assembled somewhere in Eastern Europe to establish their organization entitled ‘the Bund.’ A bitter struggle between two antagonistic ideologies—that of Herzlian Zionism on the one hand and that of Marxian Socialism on the other—determined the course of Jewish public life for decades.


“The Poale-Zionists have tried for the last decade to reconcile the Zionism of Herzl with the Marxian Socialism of the Bund. But instead of bringing the Jewish Socialists into the Zionist camp, they converted Zionists to Socialism.”


Other speakers included Beinesh Epstein and Mordecai Danzis.


Epstein compared the Stavsky case to the Dreyfus affair, “Official Zionism today,” he declared, “is displaying its inconsistency by holding memorial meetings for Dr. Herzl. They who have abandoned the nationalistic teachings of the great leader have no right to shelter themselves in its shadow.


“Supine leadership and weak policies, which are characteristic of present-day Zionism, have nothing in common with the Herzlian Zionism.


“We are told that Dreyfus was greatly instrumental in influencing Dr. Herzl in his determination toward the idea of Zionism, because he lost all faith in the possibility of Jews to continue to live in the European atmosphere. Dr. Herzl was fundamentally shocked by the display of cruelty and slander against the Jews that the Dreyfus trial brought about.


“What shall we say now when among ourselves in the Zionist ranks the same thing is being repeated? Stavsky is being sacrificed on the altar of political machinations of the Histadruth in Palestine. The hatred displayed on the pages of the Histadruth press reminds one of the French press in the days of Dreyfus.”


In his speech Mordecai Danzis drew a parallel between Dr. Herzl and Vladimir Jabotinsky and asserted that the Revisionists were the only Zionists who had followed in the footsteps of Dr. Herzl and propagated the founder’s ideals as he expressed them in his Yudenstadt.


Danzis pointed out that the Revisionists constitute at the present time the only political Zionists in the entire Zionist movement. After the Balfour declaration, he said, when Dr. Weizmann came into power, political Zionism had disappeared. The movement then reverted to its original status of the “lovers of Zion.” With the appearance of Jabotinsky, world Revisionist leader, Danzis declared, political Zionism was revived.

Monday, January 23, 2017

1935 Jabotinsky Arrives Again In America

From the JTA January 1935 report (and a second one):

Revisionism is Inevitable, Says Jabotinsky, Here for Wide Tour


January 27, 1935

As Vladimir Jabotinsky, world Revisionist leader, stepped off the gangplank of the S.S. Manhattan Friday, hero-worshipping young Brith Trumpeldorites rushed up to him and kissed his hand.

“Tel Hai!” The Brith Trumpeldor greeting, a memorial to the death of Joseph Trumpeldor during his defense of the Galilee colony, rang through the air — the first words Jabotinsky heard after he had stepped onto American soil.

More than 100 members of Brith Trumpeldor and of YZRO, the Youth Zionist Revisionist Organization, were at the pier to shout their welcome. Formed in military array, bearing aloft the Mogen Dovid banner and the American flag, they cheered and sang while Jabotinsky waited for customs officials to pass on his luggage.


MINGLES WITH FOLLOWERS


Looking rather weary and piqued after the rigors of a rough crossing, the Revisionist chieftain was not too tired to mingle with the eager crowd which had stood for hours in the freezing temperature, impatient for a glimpse of this man whose last visit to the United States, in 1926, is still discussed as though it had happened yesterday, so deep an impression did he make.


Jabotinsky made it clear that he is in this country “merely to present a point of view” and to help launch the Tel Hai fund campaign in the United States.


On the subject of Revisionism, which he has made his life’s work, Jabotinsky is quiet and forceful, with the assured air of a man who sees a sharply defined vision, totally lacking in confusion or compromise, which he knows must be realized.


That vision is a Jewish nation in Palestine.


“How can the Jews achieve a true Homeland in the Holy Land?” the reporter asked him.


“By demanding it,” Jabotinsky said quietly.


REVISIONISTS ARE SEPARATE


Questioned regarding “secession” of the Revisionists from the Zionist Organization, he said:


“There is no longer any question of secession. The Revisionist Union is a separate organization now. It has not that much”—he snapped his fingers—”interest in the Zionist Congress. Our movement is not a part of any other organization.


“We are glad to negotiate to create understanding, however. As for so-called peace pacts, there IS no peace pact. There is merely a suspension of hostilities in their worst form. So far there is only an armistice.”

The subject of “secession” brought up the matter of Jabotinsky’s recent withdrawal from the Revisionist conference in Krakow, Poland, when Dr. Wolfgang von Weisel of Vienna demanded a clean break with the Zionist Organization.


EXPLAINS “WITHDRAWAL”


“I am glad you brought up that point,” Jabotinsky said. “Please make it clear for me that my leaving the room while Dr. von Weisel, my very good friend, was speaking was purely a coincidence.


“I was listening to him with great interest at the time. Just then a messenger came in to tell me that an urgent call had come through from Lwow. I had to leave to attend to it. That was all there was to the incident.”


Jabotinsky was surprised when one of his American lieutenants told him word had been received that he was no longer to be barred from Palestine, which he has not visited since December, 1929, when his permanent visa was revoked. He was unable to say whether he would return there for a visit. That, he said, depended on the business requirements of the Revisionist Organization.


Although he is reputedly a fiery and inspiring orator in his public appearances, this little, almost haggard man is completely without bluster in his personal contacts. His voice has a soft, caressing quality, which carries with it conviction. He peers at you from behind glasses with his shrewd but kindly eyes, asking questions almost as frequently as he answers them.


“There is one force in the world that really matters,” he said, “and that is the force of moral pressure. We Jews are the most powerful nation in the world because we have that force and know how to use it.”


EXPLAINS ATTITUDE TO BRITAIN


Here he explained his attitude toward Great Britain as the mandatory power over Palestine.


“Revisionism doesn’t take the ‘no’ of a British official seriously,” he said. “Government opinions change under pressure. But Revisionism does take Zionism terribly seriously. We don’t want Zionism to be a plaything.”


He enlarges on this point of view in a prepared statement given to all ship news reporters Friday.


“Our method of ‘insisting’ (that Palestine be a Jewish State) has recently taken the form of a worldwide petition movement,” he says there. “The petition is signed not just by ‘ideological’ Zionists but by those who, apart from any ‘ideology,’ actually and personally want and must migrate to Palestine.


600,000 PETITION SIGNATURES


“It is addressed both to the mandatory government and Parliament and to the governments of those countries where Jewish distress has become a grave problem for the state itself. Six hundred thousand signatures have already been collected, and it will be several millions before we are through.”


This, then, is what Jabotinsky means by causing government opinions to change “under pressure.”


“Naturally,” he said in his perfect English—he is an accomplished linguist—”I very heartily

disapprove of the present regime in Palestine.


“On the one hand I have admiration, on the other, worse than criticism for it.


UNEQUALLED EFFORT


“I admire it because it is an unparalleled example of colonization work. I challenge every nation in the world not only to beat, but to equal, our colonization record.


“On the other hand it is a question whether what we have obtained in Palestine amounts to much in view of what we need.”


“And what DO we need?” the reporter prompted him.


“My God!” he exclaimed. “We need a Jewish State!” This was the only occasion during the interview on which he raised his voice above conversational level.


What Jabotinsky means by “a Jewish State” is further iluminated in his prepared statement.


THE JEWISH STATE


“From England,” he writes there, “we demand a thorough revision of the ideas and methods she has been applying to Palestine. First to be revised is the true meaning of her favorite catchword that ‘immigration should keep within the country’s economic absorptive capacity.’


“Of course it should. Why argue such a bromide of a truism? But the absorptive capacity of a country cannot be measured just by its acres: It depends above all on the kind of immigrants. It is the human factor, not soil and moisture, which determines whether a country is to become a beehive or to stay a desert.



UNLIMITED CAPACITY


“For immigrants such as the Jews, with our stubborn urge, our technical and financial resources, and our colonizing skill so brilliantly proved, Palestine holds possibilities of absorption practically unlimited; and the English know it themselves….


“Of course we will never agree that any Jewish settler may be treated as an ‘illegal’ immigrant, no matter whether he has or hasn’t a visa for entering his National Home.


“Of course we will not countenance the present flooding of Palestine by Arabs from the neighboring territories.

RESENTS HULEH PRICE


“Of course we resent being forced to pay a million dollars baksheesh for the Huleh marshes to a former Syrian concessionaire who has held that concession for twenty years without carrying out any drainage work and a further baksheesh of a couple of million dollars on drainage at our expense of the portion of the area reserved exclusively for Arabs—while the Treasury boasts a surplus of some fifteen millions in cash, all derived from Jewish contributions to revenue.”


Jabotinsky feels a casual friendliness towards the Arabs, which he expressed Friday as follows:


“I wouldn’t advise anyone to go all the way to Palestine merely to better conditions for the Arabs there, but if the Arabs happen to gain by Jewish enterprise, it’s perfectly all right with me, provided it doesn’t interfere in any way with the establishment of a Jewish nation there.”



A “PROVIDENTIAL MOVEMENT”

“What chance has Revisionism to become the ruling philosophy of Jewry?” the reporter asked him.


“I consider it inevitable,” Jabotinsky replied in that soft yet steel-strong manner of his, “that Revisionism must become the dominating force in Zionism.”


He amplified this with a reference to the French philosopher Tocqueville, who lived early in the nineteenth century.



“Tocqueville,” Jabotinsky said, “spoke of providential movements which are characterized by the fact that they always gain, no matter whether by victory or by defeat.



“Revisionism is such a providential movement.”


For the Zionist Organization, he declared, he feels “absolute indifference.”


“If I see them doing a good piece of work,” he said, “I will help them. If I see them doing a silly piece of work, I will fight them.”


COMMITTEE MEETS HIM




Jacob De Haas was chairman of the reception committee which boarded the S.S. Manhattan to welcome Jabotinsky. Also on the committee were Elias Ginsburg, Leib Altman, Israel Posnansky and Samuel Rosen, all officials of the Revisionist Organization of the United States.


Jabotinsky was to deliver the first of a series of lectures Saturday night at Mecca Temple under the auspices of the League for Jewish National Labor in Palestine. Later he will tour New England and Canada and will fill engagements in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri and Indiana. He is here for an indefinitely.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

At the 70th Anniversary of the Machon

Yisrael Medad and Steve Adler were caught in a picture:


Aaron Bashani was also there and asked questions of panelists.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Reunion of the Syrian UN Mission Takeover Participants

Were were these pictures photographed? - ​the home of Reuven and Rena Genn, Kakur, Hadera.

When? - Chol Hamoad Succot, 2016

What was the occasion? - Marking 50 years since the takeover by 19 members of US Betar of the Syrian UN Mission in New York protesting Arab terror attacks from Syrian territory by the PLO.

See herehere; here; and here.

Who are these people? - 10 0f the participants now living in Israel plus Yitzchak Heimowitz, our then lawyer, and his wife.



Back row standing, l-r: Chaim Fischgrund, Nissan Teman, David Sprung, Reuven Genn, Reuven Miller, Baruch Kraus

Front row sitting, l-r: Dave Disenhauss, Rena Genn, Emily Udler, Risa Tzohar, Yitz Heimowitz, Phyllis Heimowitz.





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Thursday, October 20, 2016

News Item on 1956 Anti-Retreat Protest

In Herut, December 28, 1956:




New York Betar held a rally outside Israel's Consulate against a withdrawal from Sinai.


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Jabotinsky Tribute

Composed by David Krakow and published in Jewish Week on Friday August 19th, 2016:



REMEMBERING JABOTINSKY

The Jabotinsky Fraternal Order was established in New York, in 1940, in order to fulfill Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s wish that he be buried where he died and his remains transferred to the reestablished Jewish state, upon the request of its government.

Embracing virtually all of the varied components of the Jabotinsky movement in the United States, the Jabotinsky Fraternal Order commemorated every Yahrzeit of his passing and engaged in a variety of activities to promote his legacy.

After seventy-six years, the surviving membership has chosen to mark this Yahrzeit by highlighting the foundation of Jabotinsky’s Zionist career.

In 1897, as a seventeen-year-old student at the University of Berne, Jabotinsky attended a meeting of Russian Jewish students who were addressed by Nachman Syrkin, one of the originators of socialist Zionism. In a question and answer period following the lecture, Jabotinsky expressed reservations about socialism, but declared himself a Zionist because “the Jews of Russia are facing a Saint Bartholomew’s night”.

Ten years later, while running as a Zionist candidate for the second Russian Duma from the province of Volhynia, Jabotinsky was challenged by the anti-Zionist “Jewish Folk group”, which asserted that it was impermissible for a Zionist who advocated emigration to campaign for the Russian Parliament.

In his response, Jabotinsky clearly revealed what had become the bedrock of his Zionist career: “We Zionists do not appeal to anybody to leave Russia. One has to be completely ignorant of the essence of modern Zionism not to realize that, first of all, we don’t believe in any ‘appeals’. We reckon only with the force of events, which is an elemental force. It is this force of events which started the inevitable process of elimination, and which is bound to consummate it.”

It was in the 1930’s that Jabotinsky felt compelled to appeal to Jews to leave Europe. Thus, on Tisha B’Av, 1938 in Warsaw, he said, “…it is already three years that I am calling upon you, Polish Jewry, who are the crown of world Jewry. I continue to warn you incessantly that a catastrophe is coming closer. I became grey and old in these years, my heart bleeds, that you, dear brothers and sisters, do not see the volcano which will soon begin to spit its all-consuming lava. I see that you are not seeing this because you are immersed and sunk in your daily worries. Today, however, I demand from you trust. You were convinced already that my prognoses have already proven to be right. If you think differently then drive me out of your midst. However, if you do believe me, then listen to me in this 12th hour: In the name of God! Let anyone of you save himself as long as there is still time. And time there is very little.

“…and what else I would like to say to you in this day of Tisha B’Av: whoever of you who will escape from the catastrophe, he or she will live to see the exalted moment of a great Jewish wedding: the rebirth and the rise of a Jewish state. I don’t know if I will be privileged to see it; my son will! I believe in this as I am sure that tomorrow morning the sun will rise.”

JABOTINSKY FRATERNAL ORDER
AKA
THE NORDAU CIRCLE
1023 Broadway

Woodmere, N.Y. 11598


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Sunday, July 17, 2016

HaMashkif Reports on Marine Carp Incident

The headline reads:

American Consul Helps Lebanese Soldiers to Abuse Jews


From the JTA report:

41 Americans Seized on U.S. Vessel by Lebanese to Be Released in Two Weeks
BEIRUT (Jun. 13)

Forty-one American citizens forcibly removed from the American vessel Marine Corp last month and detained by the Lebanese Government under charges of seeking to enter Israel to fight will be returned to the United States aboard the same ship June 27, it was officially announced here today. No decision has yet been reached on the fate of 23 Palestinian Jews also removed from the Marine Carp at the same time.

The detainees have been living in musty, dilapidated French army barracks which had been unused since 1944, in the heart of the Bekaa Valley, 45 miles from Beirut. Confined in the same buildings, surrounded by barbed wire and guarded by a handful of armed sentries, are 30 Lebanese Jews and 30 “Communists” previously interned by the Lebanese. The Americans no longer seem disgruntled and morose. The food allowance was recently increased to the equivalent of 80 cents a day.

Crammed together 30 to a room, with cots barely three feet apart, the detainees have little room for exercise and are not permitted to go outside, Their only relaxation is reading a. few dog-eared books, or talking with the Lebanese Jews. They maintain their own discipline, plan meals, and care for the quarters. The sanitary facilities are limited but clean, with two lavatories for 130 men. The detainees took their first shower Friday. Three cases of measles were treated and three U.S. physicians from the American University at Beirut have since given them medical care.

Among the internees are Eli Kalmanowitz of New York, Benjamin de Roy of Barkley, California, and Robert Kells of Boston, as well as Rabbi Usher Halpern, a Polish Jew who has been studying in the United States.

On the Marine Carp.

A second voyage.

Stephen Esrati's fictionalized treatment.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jabotinsky 1926 US Letter



Jabotinsky's first visit to the US, organized by Sol Hurok, began in late January 1926.

What happened:


Resolution Adopted by Majority of 90 to 35; 50 Delegates Leave Convention in Protest; Action Taken Following Acrimonious Debate of Six Hours; Peace Resolution of Barondess Rejected; Jabotinsky and Judge Strahl, Lipsky and Goldberg Load Fight.Endorsement of the program of the League of Zionist-Revisionists, the group within the Zionist movement which is in opposition to the policy of the present Zionist Executive, was given by a majority of 90 to 35 votes at the final session of the seventeenth annual convention of the Order Sons of Zion held in Long Branch, N. J. The Order has a membership of approximately 5,000.The essentials of the program of the League of Zionist-Revisionists, as formulated by the League, are:“1. Aim of Zionism: A Jewish majority in Palestine.“2. Opening up of Transjordania for Jewish colonization.“3. An Agrarian Reform, transforming all the waste lands of Palestine into a Land Reserve for colonization.“4. A Custom Tariff Reform for the protection of local industries.“5. Re-establishment of the Jewish Regiment as permanent part of the British garrison.“6. Extension of the Jewish Agency on the basis of democratic election and of joint responsibility of the whole Agency before the Zionist Congress.”Fifty opposing delegates left the convention following the vote on the resolution. These delegates presented a statement criticizing the action of the convention.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

The Anti-George Lincoln Rockwell Protest

On February 10, 1966, American Neo-Nazi*, George Lincoln Rockwellwas arrested in New York City on an old disorderly conduct warrant, and is briefly held in the Tombs before he could speak at Columbia University at McMillan Theater.  The New York Times scored the university for permitting his arrival and in the next day's edition, noted that  1,500 had lined up to hear the American Nazi.


From a brief clip of the demo:






On February 9, the campus newspaper, the Columbia Spectator, reported:
Police May Arrest Rockwell On A Five-Year-Old WarrantBy Kathy Shenkin

New York police may prevent George Lincoln Rockwell, commander of the American Nazi Party, from keeping his appointment to speak at McMillin theater tonight. Under a warrant issued six years ago, enforceable anywhere in New York state, the police may arrest Mr. Rockwell when he arrives at Columbia, Jerome D. Cohen, a lawyer for the Jewish War Veterans Association, stated yesterday. According to Mr. Cohen, the warrant was issued June 28, 1960, for disorderly conduct in the rotunda of the New York State Supreme Court. During a recess of a hearing on Rockwell's petition for permission to speak on a public street, he excoriated ex-inmates of concentration camps present at the hearing, and shouting over a loud speaker that he was going to set up crematoria in the United States. This warrant kept Mr. Rockwell out of New York State since 1960, except for one unannounced visit to Hofstra University, when he escaped before police could arrest him. Fifteen to twenty members of the Jewish War Veterans Association will distribute leaflets outside McMillin Theater, protesting the invitation which, they say, "dignifies Rockwell by giving him a platform to speak at the University." "This is not an issue of academic freedom or freedom of speech." said Cohen. Columbia chapters of Youth Against War and Fascism and the Congress of Racial Equality will also protest the speech...

That same issue carried this letter:

Do Not Attend

To the Editor:
The Student Zionist Organization of Columbia/Barnard deplores Humanitas' lack of sensitivity to human feelings in inviting George Lincoln Rockwell to the Columbia Campus. While we recognize the right to free speech, we feel that Humanitas has failed in its purpose of presenting controversial speakers. Rockwell and the American Nazi Party's advocation of genocide does not stand on the docket of controversial issues today. We urge that Columbia students do not attend the lecture and that they refrain from demonstrating, for actions of this nature lower the dignity of our student body.
February 8, 1966
Student Zionist Organization Columbia-Barnard Chapter


On February 16, the campus newspaper, the Columbia Spectator, carried this story (an excerpt):

Another TryRockwell Would Accept New Invitation to Speak at Columbia
By Christopher Friedrichs

Humanitas, the General Studies student organization that sponsored George Lincoln Rockwell's abortive speech here Wednesday night, plans to invite the American Nazi Party leader back to Columbia sometime this year. Dotson Rader GS, chairman of the group, disclosed Thursday night that Rockwell had indicated a willingness to return to make the speech he was unable to give last week.

"If we are still a student organization as of next week, if we have the funds, and if President Kirk will still defend our right to bring anyone we want to, we will bring Rockwell back," Rader declared. Rockwell was arrested Wednesday on his way to the Columbia campus and thus prevented from giving his speech...Vice President Lawrence H. Chamberlain decided instead to call off the event. 

and this letter:

 Paranoia

To the Editor:
George Lincoln Rockwell has said that the primary goal of his speaking engagements is to arouse emotion and hatred. Rockwell states that once fanatical emotions are aroused they can be manipulated by a leader to suit his purposes The Nazi leader claims to be unconcerned whether crowds react for him or against him as long as they react violently. Rockwell will, undoubtedly, be very pleased to hear about the angry emotionalism of those who protested his appearance at Columbia. Rockwell's notoriety depends upon protest. He considers a speaking engagement a success, whether he appears or not, as long as it arouses the anger which m turn creates publicity. The size and volume of the protest against Rockwell was out ot all proportion to any real danger which he, his ideas, or group could present. The paranoic exaggeration which the protest presented, the singing and chanting of the protestors, the sit-down demonstration were the kinds of crowd responses which any brand of totalitarian demagogue could use.
Raymond F. Rurghardt 'Hf Feb. 10, 1966


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"In 1960, Rockwell proposed a Fourth of July rally in Union Square. Mayor Robert Wagner denied his permit to speak. On June 22, 1960, Rockwell personally argued at a court hearing on his permit application. He slipped into the courtroom almost unnoticed in a conservative suit. When speaker after speaker attacked him, he spoke with wit and humor, weaving legal precedents and citations into a masterful presentation. A rabbi, enraged beyond control, rose to his feet and bellowed in broken English and Yiddish before suddenly falling to the floor in convulsions. Rockwell then held a press conference in the rotunda of the New York County Courthouse at 60 Centre St., where he advocated gassing 80 percent of all Jews as traitors."

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US Betar Reunion in Israel, June 23, 2016

Meir and Tanya Buchman, visiting Israel, invited friends from Betar from the 1960s to join them for dinner in Zichron Yaakov, and the Tishbi Restaurant.

Some present had not seen each other for over 50 years.

The first batch of pictures - taken by JJ Gross, Aaron Rozenberg, Bobby Brown and Yisrael Medad:


Bucky is talking at center. David Sprung to the right. Sitting to the left, JJ Gross (kippah) and Ellen Zwick.


L-R: Sprung, Tzipora Ariav, Elinoar Ariav, Bobby Brown, Linda Brown


L-R: Bobby Brown, Linda, Moshe Kiczalis (in stripes)


L-R: Kiczales, Bobby, Tanya Buchman, Reuven Genn, Linda,


R-L: Bobby, Debbie Genn Rulnick (standing), Tzipora, Udler (black shirt), Elinoar, Sprung,


R-L: Genn, Tanya, Moshe Kiczales (standing) Linda & Bobby Brown


Ellen Zwick (standing), JJ Gross to her left (sitting)


L-R: Reuven Genn (standing), Ellen, JJ)


Yisrael Medad and Tzipora


Rina Genn, Bobby, Linda


R-L: Linda Brown, Bobby, Winkie, Tzipora


R-L: JJ, Ellen, Moshe Kiczales


Bucky and Sprung


David Sprung and Tanya, Moshe Kiczales


Bucky, Gallia Sprung, David Sprung, Tanya


Winkie talking


Winkie still talking


And from the visit to Amatzia the previous day, Bucky with Ben and Aliza Rapaport:





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