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Indianapolis Indiana Jewish Post (Newspaper) - December 13, 1946, Indianapolis, IndianaThe National jewish Post Friday december 13, 1946zionists must ch00se.n0wpartition of Palestine and a perpetual ghetto Orthe jewish Republic with Freedom and dignity the decision now hangs in the balance. The fateful words will come from the zionist world Congress which is now in session in Switzerland. Shall history record this sombre epitaph a zionism a born in 1896 died in 1946�?�? it is not too late to shift the scale of Fate. It is still within the Power of american jews to reverse the tide of defeatism which threatens to engulf us. It is our most solemn duty to act now before the irrevocable step toward disaster is taken. Toward the destruction of All our Hopes of All our dreams. Toward the nullification of All our sacrifices and putting to naught the infinite Devotion of the pioneers who Are building a jewish nation in the desert. 1. Partition is the death blow to zionism let the truth be known. The zionist leadership has not dealt frankly with the rank and file. There has been no discussion of the issues involved. Always in the past we have been confronted with an accomplished fact. Always it has been a Retreat. But in partition it will be the final Retreat to the surrender and annihilation of zionism. In 1917 zionists had in their grasp the definite pledge for a jewish state. It was watered Down for an ambiguous phrase about establishing the National Home. In 1922 the zionist leadership agreed to an administrative division by the mandatory of their National Home into Eastern and Western Palestine. Now they have meekly acquiesced to the transformation of Eastern Palestine into the puppet Arab state of Tran Jordania thus cutting off 35,000 Square Miles of the original 45,000 Square Miles promised to the jewish people. Today the zionist leadership is ready to Settle for a Small fraction of the remainder for a phantom alleged to be a jewish state. Despite the expressed wish of the overwhelming number of the delegates to the recent american zionist convention the majority of our representatives to the world Congress Are prepared to vote for the further dissection of already dismembered Palestine. To accept a Token jewish state without territory without population without even the self respect which inhere in the self consciousness of Freedom. Send a Cable to the american delegation in Basle Switzerland reminding them of their of ligation to the convention. What Are the arguments for partition we will have a jewish state. True a Small one but at least it will be a Sovereign the Morrison Grady proposals do not even give us that. The so called jewish state will have no control Over immigration internal development and Trade policies. The final word will rest with the British administration. But even if full sovereignty was granted see what we must give up in return. We formally surrender the ancient Patrimony of our people in an ample Domain adequate for a future powerful and numerous nation. Even during the two thousand years of dispersion and oppression the Iron determination of our people never once succumbed to the enticement of surrender. In the place of proud nationhood we voluntarily acquiesce to a perpetual ghetto choked in by the Arab people. Forty five thousand Square Miles Oiler infinite possibilities for a vigorous and enterprising people As Are the jews. In two or three centuries we will number forty or fifty million souls. A partitioned Palestine must be a ghetto Palestine depending upon the philanthropy of the Diaspora or it will submerge into the hateful status of the old european Pale. Quot a partitioned Palestine is Only the beginning. After we crowd in we will stretch our for How alluring Are the soothing phrases of defeatism have we so so soon forgotten the consequences of the Lebensraum technique shall jews of All people resort to that subterfuge once partition is agreed to. And the treaties Are signed sealed and delivered by responsible jewish representatives Only another world War will upset the boundaries set Forth in the treaties. So unstable is the world s equilibrium that a disturbance in Palestine will react As once did a similar disturbance in the Danzig corridor. We jews the greatest sufferers of the second world War will be stigmatized As being the cause of another world War. We cannot afford to sign a contract which in our hearts we secretly Hope to break. A it is either partition or nothing. There is no other Way yes so speak the old zionist leaders who have Learned nothing and forgotten nothing for the past thirty years. Because the bureaucracy has sealed itself off against new ideas it imagines that the world too has stood still. The progressive zionist District no. 95, ., has for the past year been advocating a Concrete constructive program for the establishment of the jewish be Public of Palestine and the organization of its provisional government. Our program has been subjected to the closest scrutiny by our opponents for possible Basic flaws. None has been found. Thousands upon thousands of thinking zionists throughout the country have studied our program. We ask you to do the same. We feel certain that you will agree with us after reflection that the Issue is a either partition or the jewish Republic now. 2. Creating the jewish Republic there is left for us but one program one tactics to Convene a world convention for the purpose of proclaiming the jewish Republic of Palestine and establishing its provisional government. This is not a revolutionary but a decisive step. A practical step to break the vicious Circle in which zionism has been bound for thirty years. If one were asked to state in a single sentence the fundamental cause of the zionist failure since the Balfour declaration in 1917, it could be summed up Blind Reliance in the gradual evolution of the jewish state through the philanthropy of others and the diplomatic Genius of the zionist leaders. This is not a defense of Radical measures it is a plea for common sense and daring without which no political movement like zionism can Hope to achieve Power state Power. Who is to Issue the Call for the jewish world convention. Those who throughout the annals have made history. Those who possess courage and an inflexible Resolution. In these times it is big ideas that make big names. The old leaders blood has run to Straw. Let those whose hearts thrill to the glory of our jewish heritage. Let those in whose veins course the blood of Modem maccabees who defended Warsaw of the Palestine underground heroes whose struggle for Freedom has won the admiration of the world. Let them respond to this Call Lor action. We the Plain people. We the simple jews who Are tailors and business men and professionals and intellectuals. We the Plain simple jews will Issue the Call for this historic jewish world convention which will unfurl the Banner of the jewish Republic of Palestine. What will the provisional government do. By a great heroic symbolic act which All the world will applaud and understand the sacred Banner of the jewish Republic will be raised in Bretz Yisroel. The provisional government May be driven into exile but it will be the government of a Noble people. The living embodiment of its unconquerable determination to survive. And of its readiness to die in the cause of Freedom and Equality. Once the jewish Republic of Palestine is proclaimed its provisional government established and a substantial part of the jewish people in the a Shuv and in the Diaspora rally to its support the entire aspect of the jewish struggle undergoes a profound transformation. The jewish Republic then will have succeeded in establishing its de Facto existence. Even ii the government functions temporarily outside of the territory Over which it claims jurisdiction its moral in influence upon the world will be enormous. The underground fighters then become its armed soldiers entitled to Many rights under the Geneva convention. Their acts can no longer be covered by the enemy with the opprobrium of terrorism. Great Britain May not recognize these rights. But tens of millions of people throughout the world will insist that our heroes in the struggle for jewish Freedom must be accorded the honors due to men of War. They can no longer be treated As criminals As terrorists. Every act intended to weaken the foreign oppressor regrettable As the inevitable loss of life and destruction of property May be and we jews abhor with All the intensity of ageless religious conviction the shedding of human blood every such act is justified during the course of the struggle for Independence. 3. Obtaining de Jure recognition who will recognize the provisional government. First and Foremost the jewish people themselves of How the spirit of our people will be uplifted when their eyes behold the glory of the lords fulfilment the first task for us will be to help win american recognition for the jewish Republic it is easier far easier for Washington to extend de Jure recognition to the jewish Republic an act wholly within the Sovereign Power than for Congress to adopt innocuous resolutions in premises where London alone is the supreme authority. Granting de Jure recognition to the jewish Republic is not a Defiance of Britain. The United states too has certain fundamental rights under the convention of 1924. Among them is to determine when the jewish people has reached political maturity in its National Home sufficient to assert the rights and assume the responsibilities of sovereignty. From a practical standpoint our Best Hope for speedy de Jure recognition is pressure on Washington. We have behind us the overwhelming support of the american people. Time and again Congress and the several state Legislatures have thrown their strength behind the zionist cause. Only now we will be acting in mature political fashion. Our telegrams resolutions demonstrations meetings. Ail will have a definite realizable political of attention delegates and alternates to the recent convention of the zionist organization of America we zionists Are facing the greatest crisis in the history of our movement. Partition is not a temporary adjustment of a current Issue. It is a permanent political arrangement with far reaching repercussions for the present and for generations to come. The rank and file of zionists Are aware of the dangerous implications in the partition of Palestine. The Gravity of the situation Calls for an unprecedented re action. Zionism shall not perish by default. District 95 of new York zionist organization of America is planning to Call an emergency National conference of All delegates and alternates to the recent convention of the z. O. A. To consider appropriate action in this grave situation. We ask you to Send your name and address to our president or. Morris Zucker 31-04 Steinway Street Astoria Long Island new York. Progressive zionist District 95, zionist organization of America Yective. A grass roots american friends of the jewish Republic will Spring into existence. This program will Call into play All our forces in Man and material Power. All zionists groups must be solidified for the final push. This is the Battle for ultimate Victory. Recognition is the last obstacle. United Stales recognition of tiie jewish Republic will create a breach in great Britain a Palestine policy that will cause to crumble All its entire pro Mufti Arab Effendi imperialist policy. Jewish and Arab masses when left to Timeir natural affinities will go along their peaceful ways helping each other to Ever loftier Heights of social Well being and political cooperation. Once the jewish Republic is proclaimed we must Contact the numerous devoted Fri Ereis of zionism in All walks of British life. British diplomacy is not based on immutable principles. It is intensely pragmatic. When Britain is convinced that she can do business with the jewish Republic All her Fine spun diplomatic webs will disappear. She will find in us a firm Friend in peace an inflexible ally in the dark Days of trouble. We Are not anti British. We simply Are pro zionist. 4. Our tactical program it a we must organize a United zionist front of All elements both within and without the zionist organization of America who believe the time has come for action. Old party differences have last their meaning in the face of the present crisis. Old leaders must either step Forward or be pushed aside. Nothing. Nothing must stand in the Way of common action neither dogmas nor personalities nor the vain rattling of Petty ambition. B the United zionist front shall Issue the Call for the jewish world convention to effect the program set Forth above. / c there shall be convened a National conference of the progressive zionist bloc in the To Lay plans for calling a special convention of the zionist organization of America to consider specifically the situation created by the impending approval of partition by the world Congress. Jews of America hours is the Power and the duty. Destiny has placed ill your hands the Fate of our people. Let us prove worthy of our forebears in whose imperishable achievements we glory. Let us so set that we shall be deemed worthy of remembrance by the generations that will follow. Long live the jewish people Long live the jewish Republic of Palestine signed or. Morris Zucker. President. Progressive zionist District 95 zionist organization of America
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