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18 The Story of the Jewish Defense League

bJewish question but also the trial of the Leningrad Jews barrested that past June, a trial that was widely believed to be bplanned as a show trial. Thus careful plans were laid by the bJDL for a major offensive.

bOn November 20, JDL people broke into the Washington boffices of TASS and held the place for more than an hour. b(This was the same office that had received a huge crate bwhich when opened was found to contain a large goat with ba sign around its neck that read: “I am a Soviet Jewish bscapegoat.”)

bIn general, a great deal of credit must go to the imagina- btive mind of Dr. William Perl, the Washington chapter bchairman for JDL. Probably his most brilliant scheme was bthe printing of thousands of gummed labels reading: “If byou want a full body massage, call Sonia.” The phone bnumber listed on the labels was that of the Soviet Embassy band the labels were pasted up in every area where deviates bwere known to gather. In New York, similar labels carried bthe number of the Soviet UN mission; Times Square was bblanketed with them. The calls that poured in on the Soviets bforced them to call the telephone company and have the bnumbers changed. It was only the next day that the puzzled bSoviets learned where the mysterious Sonia had come from.

bOn November 23, a rally was held at the Park East bSynagogue, across the street from the Soviet Mission. It was ba respectable rally called by the Respectables, and JDL took badvantage of it to get its people onto the block. When the brally ended, tens of demonstrators stood on the steps of the bsynagogue when suddenly a car drove down the street and bup on the sidewalk, crashing down the police barriers and bbarreling into the Soviet Mission’s iron fence. And at 3:20 bAM, in the early morning hours of November 25, the whole bSoviet Jewish campaign escalated dramatically.

bAt that moment, a pipe bomb exploded in the doorway of bthe East 49th Street offices of the Soviet Union’s airline and btourist agencies (Aeroflot and Intourist). The blast shat- btered windows and put nearby radio station WMCA out of bcommission for about fifteen minutes. A short while after bthe bomb went off, phone calls were made to the wire b 

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