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btrapped by their poverty and inability to leave. Brownsville bin Brooklyn, and Mattapan in Boston and the Southeast in bWashington were symbols of destroyed Jewish neighbor- bhoods and dreams and the American Jewish Committee was btoo busy publishing pamphlets on ecumenism and inter- bfaith to notice.

bThe blindness and negligence of the Jewish Establish- bment was criminal. All the attacks on the Jewish position in bAmerica were accompanied by a determined drive to do baway with the merit system under which Jews, in the years of bthe Depression, had obtained the only jobs open to them in bthe face of anti-Semitism—civil service positions. The large bnumber of Jews in teaching positions and other government bservice could be explained by the fact that so many of them bcould not become the other things they would have wanted bto. Merit was the only yardstick that guaranteed hundreds bof thousands of lower-middle-class Jews the opportunity to bmake a living. Now Blacks (and following them, other ethnic bgroups) were demanding an end to the system and calling bfor reverse discrimination and quotas, a return to the bnumerous clausus of Europe that had seen Jewish oppor- btunity limited to their percentage in the general population. bIt hardly took deep thinking to understand what that would bmean to the American Jew, who made up just 3 percent of bthe American population.

bThe New York City school system had become a battle- bground for quotas and vicious anti-Semitism long before the bJDL came into existence and the assault on Jewish rights was bobvious to every Jewish organization. In September 1966 at bdemonstrations at Harlem’s I.S. 201, Principal Stanley Lis- bser became the target of shouts of “We’ve got too many bteachers and principals named Ginsberg and Rosenberg,” band “Let him go to Israel.” Lisser resigned under a constant bbarrage of Jew-hatred. In Brooklyn, the local CORE chap- bter headed by a thug named Sonny Carson had as early as bApril 1967 demanded to see how many of the staff of P.S. b246 were Jewish, and on the same day teachers found in btheir mailboxes notes reading, “You lousy Jew bastard, get bout of the school.” On September 13,1967, CORE members b 

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