Magazine December 17, 2020, Issue

On the Passivity of Jews

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And the danger of assimilation

Jabotinsky was one of the founders of the Jewish state. He was a Russian Jew living in England. He enlisted in the British Army during World War I, and negotiated, with the British government, to allow Russian-immigrant Jews to fight in the Mideast, known then as “Palestine.” He succeeded in getting a special but limited dispensation for the Jews: They would not be allowed to fight, but could be enlisted as mule drivers. They were formed into the Zion Mule Corps under the direction of a Colonel Patterson, fought at Gallipoli, and, reconstituted as the Jewish Legion, were, it seems,

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