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38 The Story of the Jewish Defense League

bGovernor Nelson Rockefeller of New York State now bjoined in the attacks on the JDL with a quote from the Bible, b“An eye for an eye,” and a warning that this meant that the bRussians could do the same things to Americans. Lindsay bcalled the latest attack “senseless violence that deserves the bcondemnation of all New Yorkers” UN Secretary-General bU. Thant, a well-known lover of Jews, denounced the JDL, bsaying that “all acts of violence are deplorable and must be bcondemned” as counterproductive. The Soviets sent an bofficial note to the United Nations listing nine incidents of bJDL attacks from January 3 to January 10. An emergency bmeeting of the UN Joint Committee on Host-Country Rela- btions was called, at which the Soviets bitterly attacked the bUnited States for its failure to stop the JDL. I reiterated bmy contention that the harassment was “an effort to pro- bvoke a crisis so the US government will take a significant step btoward freeing Jews in Russia.” And on January 17, I was bindicted along with seven other JDL members on a variety bof charges including assault, inciting to riot, rioting, and bcriminal mischief.

bIf all the world is a stage, then the JDL and the Soviet bJewish question stood at its center. There was no longer a bfarmer in Iowa who did not know there was problem of bSoviet Jewry as the newspapers and television gave it pages band hours of publicity. Time, Newsweek and US News and bWorld Report, the three largest news magazines in the United bStates, devoted pages and pages to the problem. Newsweek bon January 18 noted that the JDL “threatened to set off a bdiplomatic confrontation between the US and the Soviet bUnion.” USNWR headlined its two-page story “New bTension Between Russia and the US” and asked the bquestion, “Could Soviet-American negotiations on critical binternational issues be endangered by contention over the btreatment of Jews who want to leave the Soviet Union?” bTheir article ended with the warning that “if there are bfurther and more serious incidents, the consequences are bunpredictable.”

bNewsweek began its January 25 story, “Kahane’s Com- bmandos,” with the sentence, “The name of the game was b 

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