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40 The Story of the Jewish Defense League

bner stormed past. The caption had the Black saying, “That’s bfunny! They don’t look Jewish!”

bBut it was in the American Jewish community that the bdebate exploded into a crescendo of fury, debate, con- btroversy, and heat such as had not been seen since the days bof the Jewish underground in Palestine, if then.

bThe nationally known Jewish weekly Post and Opinion of bJanuary 15 headlined its story “Splinter Group Takes On bWorld Jewry,” and wrote: “Support for Russian Jewry is brapidly developing along the lines that divided world Jewry bin pre-1948 Palestine when the Stern group pitted their bstrategy against the rest of the world Jewish community over bharassment and violence to the British in then-Palestine.”

bAnd just as the Jewish leaders in then-Palestine cooper- bated with the British against the underground fighters, bturning over Irgun and Stern soldiers to them, firing their bsympathizers from jobs and schools, so did the American bJewish Establishment follow the despicable path of the in- bformers concerning whom the rabbis had added an extra bparagraph in the daily prayers of the Jew, reading, “And bmay the informers have no hope . . . ”

bA January 15 United Press International dispatch began: b“Leaders of the US Jewish community are making feverish bbackstage efforts to prevent the militant Jewish Defense bLeague from continuing its campaign of harassment against bSoviet diplomatic personnel and facilities in this country. bOne of their primary objectives was achieved Tuesday when bNew York City police arrested Rabbi Meir Kahane.” The barticle then went on to discuss the public stand taken by bthese leaders against the JDL, and continued:

b“But the Jewish community’s opposition to the League bhas been expressed even more forcefully in private. Some of bthe top Jewish leaders in America met secretly in New York brecently to explore what forms of pressure they might exert bto curb extremist threats and actions by Rabbi Kahane and bhis followers.

b“As an outgrowth of that meeting, law enforcement bofficials in New York were advised that a stern crackdown bon the League in general and on Kahane in particular would b 

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