chapter  6
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The Zionist Struggle for the Jewish Street

Even at low points and in times of crisis, despite constant fear of the Iraqi authorities, British advisors and the community establishment, Hehalutz always considered itself an alternative leadership for the Iraqi Jewish community. The dilemma between its pretensions and reality was expressed nicely by one of the counsellors, Yoav Biron:

We pioneers have an unlimited mission; fate has given us responsibility for a stubborn Jewish community fighting unwittingly against its survival. And as we have accepted this precious deposit, we must hold on to it to the end, irrespective of the cost and sacrifice involved.1