In this first person Op-Ed, Tom Tugend of the Jewish Telegraph Agency describes his experience as a foreign volunteer during Israel’s War of Independence:
In May 1948, I was walking down Market Street in San Francisco when I passed a small movie theater with a marquee that announced “The Jews Fight for Their State.”
For the first time, it fully hit me that the Jews – by the gentile consensus of the time, mainly cowards and draft dodgers – were actually taking on five vastly superior armies.
I took the train back to Berkeley but had a hard time focusing on my studies at the University of California. With the school year nearing its end, I decided to go join the fight.
The full story is featured at Times of Israel.
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