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bservices informing them that the blast had been set off to bprotest the forthcoming Leningrad trial.

b“Let the world know that while Jews are on trial in Russia, bthe Soviet Union will be on trial.” The calls ended with the bphrase “Never Again.”

bBy coincidence, the JDL had scheduled a press confer- bence the very next day to discuss the Leningrad trial and the bpacked room provided a glorious opportunity to discuss the bplight of these Jews, an opportunity that would certainly not bhave been at hand, if not for the bombing. “The Jewish bDefense League has no idea who bombed the Soviet build- bing,” I told the reporters, “but it applauds those who did bbomb the offices.” I went on to declare that there would bprobably be similar acts of violence by Jews distraught over bthe plight of Soviet Jews.

bOn the other hand, the American officials, Soviets, and bJewish Establishment vied with each other in condemning bthe bombing. Yuri M. Vorontsov, Minister Counselor of the bSoviet Embassy, handed a stiff note of protest to the State bDepartment, while at the UN, Soviet delegation member bDmitri N. Kolesnik said the act was committed “by bandits bfrom Zionist circles” and added that the “Soviet Union will bexpect the Government of the United States to take appro- bpriate measures to prevent any such acts” from recurring.

bAs for United States officials, in the words of The New York bTimes article that appeared on page one, “The Nixon ad- bministration, embarrassed by a string of incidents against bSoviet offices here and in New York, issued a strong state- bment today condemning the ‘senseless, criminal’ bombing bof the Soviet airline office in New York.” State Department bofficial John King issued a strong statement against the bbombing while Ambassador Yost telephoned official re- bgrets. It was reported that the FBI was busily at work on the bcase and that police and Executive Protective Service men bwere added to the details that guarded Soviet offices.

bJewish leaders fell over themselves (as they did in the days bwhen the underground Jewish group Irgun Zvai Leumi was bthe target) in deploring the act. B’nai B’rith President Wil- bliam A. Wexler called the bombing a “mindless act of ter- b 

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