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By: Fern Sidman
Zionist visionary and leader, Ze’ev Vladimir Jabotinsky, was remembered this past Sunday evening, December 19th, as hundreds of Israeli high school students from across the country gathered in the main auditorium of the Knesset building in Jerusalem for the award presentation to the 15 winners of the 2010 Ze’ev Jabotinsky National Essay Contest.
Sponsored by the American For A Safe Israel (AFSI), and an Israeli group called Misdar Jabotinsky, the ceremonious event marked the 70th yahrzeit of the prescient Revisionist Zionist leader and founder of the Betar (Brit Trumpeldor) youth movement. A towering figure amongst pre-state Zionist leaders, Jabotinsky is known as a powerful and prolific statesman, writer, journalist and electrifying orator.
In stark contrast to his Socialist-Zionist contemporaries who encouraged Jews to fight for their civil rights within the countries of their origin, Jabotinsky was skeptical of this avenue of emancipation, proclaiming that salvation for Jews – both on a personal level and as a national entity – lay only in the re-settlement of the entire land of Israel. Jewish self-defense was at the epicenter of Jabotinsky’s socio-political philosophy, both as a physical imperative and as a wellspring of pride and self-confidence, capable of “ennobling” the Jewish spirit.
The essay contest covered five categories of Jabotinsky’s life, written works and political activities which included such headings as “The individual and the nation in Jabotinsky’s thought,” “Social reform according to Jabotinsky,” and “Jabotinsky, builder of Hebrew military power.” Offering first, second and third cash prizes, the essay contest was projected by AFSI as the first step in an extended campaign to stimulate interest in Zionist history both in Israel and beyond its borders. In the United States, AFSI plans to launch, “Zionism 101”, a filmed series of internet programs covering the 120-year history of the contemporary Zionist movement.
According to William Mehlman, the Jerusalem chairperson of AFSI and contributor to their “Outpost” newsletter, Jabotinsky’s link to Zionism’s heroic past was underscored in essay after essay on the saga of “Aliyah Bet,” his British blockade-busting enterprise that brought more than 100,000 European Jews to Palestine between 1936 and 1940; his World War I formation of the “Zion Mule Corps,” the first organized Jewish fighting force in 1,800 years, and his subsequent establishment of both the Haganah (which grew into the IDF) and the Irgun Z’vai Leumi (IZL), the underground resistance force that was instrumental in driving the British out of Palestine.
AFSI chairman Herbert Zweibon said the essay contest “marked the culmination of a 10-month effort to rekindle an intimate relationship with Zionism among Israeli youth, undermined by decades of high school teaching that made Zionist history and their attendant heroes hostage to universalist myths and ‘narratives,’ that smacked of blatant ant-Zionism.”
Former Member of Knesset Michael Kleiner, together with Emanuel Weiser of the Jabotinsky Order, spoke of Jabotinsky as a “revolutionary” in the most positive sense of the word.. “He revolted against the British occupation, against a Jewish establishment that seemed satisfied with a stateless Jewish status quo and while others remained silent, he marched across Europe in the 1930s imploring Jews to leave before it was too late.”
A polemical aspect surrounds the essay contest as well, due to a decision made by the Israeli Education Ministry in November of 2008 “to exclude the founder of the Revisionist movement in Zionism from the list of 100 personages studied at Israeli schools. Three years separated the passing of the Jabotinsky Law (2005) and erasure of his philosophy from local textbooks” as reported in Ha’Aretz newspaper. See link for further details: Jabotinsky’s been expelled – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News. The decison was then reversed by the Education Ministry as of early December of 2010 and according to Ha’Aretz the ministry is “actively supporting a privately-sponsored essay contest on Ze’ev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky and urging students to participate in it.”
The prizes to contest winners were presented by Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin. Describing Jabotinsky as Zionism’s most existentialist figure, Knesset Speaker Rivlin said he was “not just a thinker, but a doer.” In his remarks to the students, Education Minister Sa’ar, said that as a high school student in 1980 he took second prize in an essay contest commemorating the 40th anniversary of Jabotinsky’s passing and lauded his teachings as timeless.
By: Trevor Loudon
Judith LeBlanc joined the Communist Party USA in 1974 and is currently a vice chair for the organization. She chairs its Peace and Solidarity Commission and has previously worked as a reporter for the CPUSA’s newspaper, People’s Weekly World. On March 30, 2002, LeBlanc endorsed a call by the CPUSA for a national holiday in honor of late Farm Workers Union leader Cesar Chavez.
In July 2009, she spoke alongside Michael Eisenscher and Mort Frank at the 6th National Convention of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. CCDS was formed in 1991 when approximately one third of the CPUSA membership split from the party.
LeBlanc is the national field organizer for Peace Action, formerly known as the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy and formed in 1957. She has formerly served on the steering committee and as national co-chair for Institute for Policy Studies partner organization, United for Peace and Justice which is also affiliated with Peace Action.
In 2008, LeBlanc signed a petition, “An Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran.” In 2009, she endorsed a call from Latinos for Peace for U.S. troops to be withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan. In June 2010, she addressed the Disarm Now! Conference which was held at Riverside Church, a Communist front based in New York.