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The public and political appearance must be Hebrew, and the appearance is first revealed in the name. We must demand from the public, from each and every person, that they remove their foreign name and that they appear with a Hebrew name. It is natural for the public's leaders to be called upon to be the first to do this. Without this, it is difficult to approach the public, since "charity begins at home" and the ancient Hebrew proverb states: "First, remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye."
For this reason, I approach you, members of the Executive of the Jewish National Council, who were granted the right to represent the Yishuv internally and externally. The right obligates you and you have the right of way.
I see that among the 14 members of the Executive of the National Home, half of them – seven – use foreign names and I call upon all of you, esteemed members, any of you who have a non-Hebrew name – should change the foreign name to a Hebrew name.
For my part, I am prepared, if required to do so, to assist any of you in determining the suitable Hebrew name.
With great respect and sincerely,
Y. Ben-Zvi
   Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, Chairman of the Jewish National Council, at meeting the of the Zionist General Council

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