Understanding Jewish Resistance in Palestine
For the first time since the days of Bar Kochba, Jews have appeared on the historical scene fighting with arms for their national rights. Coming on the heels of the Jewish catastrophe in Europe, this manifestation has stirred Jews to their depths. They follow the sensational, often contradictory headlines in the press with bewilderment and mixed emotions: fear of the outcome, scepticism of the wisdom of the Jews’ attempt to obtain their demands by the use of force, and many with pride. Under the impact of fast-moving events, the basic facts of the situation tend to be obscured. For the perplexed, of whatever political view, it should be useful to present a clearer picture of the Resistance Movement in Palestine, its origins, aims, and methods.
Easy comparisons have been advanced. Palestine has been compared to Ireland of World War I days, to the Thirteen Colonies of 1776, to present-day India. But such comparisons between Jewish resistance in Palestine and other historic struggles for freedom are misleading, except on the moral plane, and tend to confuse the situation by forcing it into a historical mold that does not fit.
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