A speech Begin gave in the Knesset about the plight of the Prisoners of Zion in the Soviet Union. Begin begins by describing hardened criminals who abuse the political prisoners forced to travel with them from prison to prison. Among these political prisoners are the Prisoners of Zion, who only wished to immigrate to Israel. Begin says that Israel should demand that the UN set of a commission of inquiry to investigate the conditions of political prisoners in the USSR. The Kremlin is giving voice to anti-Semitic propaganda and increasing the risk of violence and pogroms against Soviet Jews. The Speaker of the Knesset should ask the US Congress to pass a resolution to release all Prisoners of Zion and The Prime Minister should ask President Nixon to meet with top Russian officials on their behalf. Begin ends his speech by wishing for the return of all Prisoners of Zion to Israel and Jerusalem.
Begin expresses his praise towards Jews living in Communist Russia. He says: “without the slightest exaggeration that in our day they are the bravest of all of those fighting for human freedom and dignity.” He describes that returning to Judaism, learning Hebrew, and having the dream to return to Zion keep their souls safe from communists. Furthermore, he says that Jewry’s moral hegemony belongs to Russian Jewry. Begin mentions the torture inflicted by the Communists and that bravery is infective. He also mentions that fear is infective and reflects on Jewish fear during the Holocaust. He claims that this fear no longer exists. With perseverance, Russia eventually will have to permit Russian Jews to immigrate to Israel.
In his Rosh Hashanah greeting, Begin reflects on key events that happened during the past year, mainly focusing on the weakening relationship between the U.S. and Israel. He first acknowledges the change in leadership in the U.S. and then explains through examples the new U.S. Government’s positions towards Israel. The first example Begin mentions is how American newspapers speak about Israel. Then he talks about John Foster Dulles, the new Secretary of State, and his relationship with both Moshe Sharett and Egyptian General Naguib. Begin shifts to speak about the Prague trial and 9 doctors put on trial in Moscow. Begin explains how the death of Stalin affected the relationship between Israel and the Soviet Union. He closes with sharing mistakes his colleagues have made, and how these mistakes impaired Israel’s relationship with Soviet Union and the U.S.
This article is a verbatim report of the address given by Menachem Begin over the broadcasting station, “The Voice of Freedom,” on Tuesday, June 22nd. He speaks about the details of the “Altalena,” the ship which was organized to bring an abundance of military supply to Israel. He takes his listeners on a journey of “Altalena” from describing the dedication and passion these young men and women invested into this project, to the difficulties it confronted by the government, to the tragic burning of the ship.
A call to the American people during the revolt against the British in 1947. The British were given a mandate to prepare the land to be a homeland for the Jewish people but has spent thirty years cheating the Jews out of their homeland instead. The Etzel has long recognized the true aim of the British and vows not to stop fighting until the British are kicked out of the country. Americans can help by pressuring the US government to not let Britain get away with its crimes in Palestine, by boycotting British goods, by sending more ships to transport Jewish refugees to Palestine, and by donating money and goods to the fighters so they can have as much supplies and weapons as necessary. The Jewish people is determined to win its freedom, and has many Dov Gruners willing to fight and die for that freedom. The Jewish nation calls to America for help in attaining its freedom.