Ze'ev Jabotinsky on Antisemitism
"I would like to point out one permanent assignment that is entrusted to each
of us, old and young, men and women, educated and ignorant, as a group and as
individuals; this assignment is the defense of our people's honor.
All too easily we allow this honor to be impinged. So far have we become used
to humiliation, that in a simple curse we no longer find insult, and just say
to ourselves: 'thank you for only swearing at us – after all you could also
have beaten us!' Everywhere, even in public places, our ears pick up vulgar
outbursts against our people, and we pretend that we did not hear them, and
console ourselves that 'they did not mean us'.
This is a lie: It is always aimed at us, and we must respond. We must end this
abuse of ourselves, at all costs. And it is very easy. They spit in our faces
without fear, 'in passing', for no reason – not because our insulters are
blessed with courage and want to pick a fight with us, but because this
pleasure is so cheap for them: they will spit at us and go on their way, and
nothing will happen.
We must accustom them to the thought that from now on this pleasure will come
at a hefty cost. A new commandment must enter our hearts: that even where
there is only one Jew, the word 'Zhid' must not be heard without response.
Wise people will come and try to dissuade us: 'You are weak – what can you
do?' But it is not our purpose to win in every single incident. Our objective
– to create about us the belief that a slur on our national feelings is no
longer what it once was, a small diversion free of cost – but will rather,
with an absolute certainty and a mathematical precision, result in a sharp and
It is the hour to prove what we truly are: A proud people, or filthy scum
whose only calling is to be trodden upon."
-Ze'ev Jabotinsky, What are we to do?, published 1905
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