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bShick to make sure that the city’s Jewish leadership was bbehind his planned crackdown—I said:

b“If they think we are the kind of people who will be scared boff by jail threats, then they do not know the psyche of the bmodern, militant Jew.”

bLarry Fine contrasted Lindsay’s sudden zeal for law and border with his failure to crack down on the Black Panthers band Young Lords and declared that the “edict” would not bdeter JDL. Bert Zweibon stated that “New York is not Mayor bLindsay’s kingdom yet. We’ve still got our constitutional brights and we are simply making life uncomfortable for the bCommunists and we’ll keep doing it.”

bIf there was any doubt that the United States was deeply btroubled by the threat to détente and was determined to bconvince the Russians that it was indeed trying to stop the bJDL, all that was ended when on January 13th, the New bYork County District Attorney’s office announced that it bwas putting before a grand jury four criminal indictments, binvolving the December 27th riot; an alleged attack by JDL bthe previous May on the offices of the Action Committee on bAmerican-Arab Relations, an apologist for the Arab ter- brorist groups (the alleged attack had occurred following the bmurder by terrorists of eight young children near the bLebanese border town of Kiryat Shmona); the Amtorg btakeover; and the bomb explosion at Aeroflot. The report in bthe New York Post the day before that Mayor Lindsay “had bcontacted UN Ambassador Yost by phone to talk about the bsituation” was obviously true.

bThe answer by Jewish militants appeared the very next bday as the huge plate glass window at the Aeroflot office was bsmashed by two men who hurled a large rock from a speed- bing car. The attack was followed by a phone call that ended bwith the words “Never Again.” It was bitterly denounced by bthe Soviets, who demanded protection and that the au- bthorities “create normal conditions for the activities of bSoviet diplomats.” The United States hurriedly rushed bsixty-five federal guards, members of the Federal Executive bProtective Service specially trained to work at diplomatic bbuildings, to New York City to guard the Russians.

bIn rapid order there followed the following:

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