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bbitterly and its president William Wexler called our tactics b“identical in effect with what a Soviet agent provocateur bmight devise” (shades of Yasha Kazakov!).

bThe ultimate was reached as the three leading Uncle bJakes of the Jewish world, Max M. Fisher, President of the bCouncil of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds (and bPresident Nixon’s court Jew), Rabbi Hirschel Schacter, bChairman of the American Conference on Soviet Jewry, band Wexler, now exchanging his B’nai B’rith hat for the one bof Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major bAmerican Jewish Organizations, somewhat analagous to the b“King of Kings,” shot off a telegram to President Richard M. bNixon that read:

b“The handful of reckless and dangerous men guilty of battacking Soviet installations in this country stand con- bdemned as imperiling the cause of Soviet Jewry. Their out- brageous cowardly acts do malicious harm to the courage and bdignity of Soviet Jews who are speaking out for their human brights. Such desperate and criminal tactics win sympathy for bthe Soviet Union by the use of mindless violence that all bdecent men abhor.

b“In the name of the Jewish community of America [sic] bwe denounce this strategy of terror and the men who are bguilty of it. At the same time we reiterate our determination bto create the climate of international opinion that will cause bthe rulers of the Soviet Union to free those millions of Jews bfor whom the USSR has become a prison.” No one in the bJDL lost a moment’s sleep over the “frantics” of the classic bHouse Jews who had never exhibited one-thousandth such bzeal against enemies of the Jews as they did against those bJews who “rocked the boat.”

bWhat did excite us was a historic first, the first public bdeclaration by an American President that he backed free- bdom for Soviet Jews. The White House released, on the bsame day, an exchange of letters between Mr. Nixon and btop Jewish leaders. It seems that seventy-three of the Jewish bshepherds from twenty-seven major cities had sent urgent bletters to the President in which they declared that they had bnothing to do with the bombing of the Cultural Mission on b 

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