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National Library News
November 1998
Vol. 30, no. 11

Fiftieth Anniversary of the State of Israel, 1948-1998

Sdeh-Boker, 21.7.71

Heath Macquarrie, M.P.
House of Commons

Dear Mr. Heath Macquarrie, M.P.

I was glad to have your letter of June 9. My first military training I enjoyed in Canada some 53 years ago, when we organised in the U.S. a Jewish legion to fight in Palestine.

That made possible the reestablishment of our Jewish State in Israel.

With best wishes

D. Ben Gurion

Photo: Letter

Another contemporary event of note was the emergence of Montrealer Bernard (Dov) Joseph as first editor of The Judaean, the outstanding Zionist publication in Canada from its inception in Montreal in 1917. Joseph joined the Jewish Legion and went to Palestine in 1918, eventually becoming a Justice Minister in the State of Israel.

The Zionist Organization of Canada  --  especially under the leadership of Ottawa's A. J. Freiman  --  was the major institutional force in Canadian Jewish life up until the forties.