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Brussels

 

bAt 4:00 PM, Tuesday, February 24, I was found guilty of bobstructing government operations and disorderly conduct barising out of the riot at the Soviet Mission to the UN on bDecember 30, 1969. As I waited with growing impatience, bthe jury was out for more than three hours before returning bwith the guilty verdict. My impatience did not grow out of banything involving the verdict; quite the opposite. I simply bwanted the verdict in regardless of what it was because I had bto catch a plane at 5:30, the plane to Brussels.

bIndeed, as the verdict was delivered and the presiding bjudge, Irving Lang, set April 13 for sentencing, he smiled band commented on the fact that I was more interested in bbeing able to get out of the courtroom than in the verdict.

bIt was true, and after giving the press a brief comment on bmy feelings concerning the verdict—“It was a fair trial, a fair bjury, a fair judge, and a lousy verdict”—I raced to Kennedy bAirport.

bFor weeks the Establishment had been planning a grand bconference in Brussels of all world Jewish leaders, including bevery group that appeared in the telephone books of the buniverse. Hundreds were to fly thousands of miles at vast bJewish public expense. The question was: what would they bdo there? If something concrete, if a definite, practical bprogram of action (and I did not refer to violence) could be bapproved, coordinated, and put into motion, the liberation bof Soviet Jews could be advanced a thousand light-years. It b 

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