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98 The Story of the Jewish Defense League

bThe text went on to state the problems that had arisen and bunorthodox militant solutions to them. It ended with the bwords: “We are speaking of Jewish survival.”

bThe ad was placed by the Jewish Defense League, which bhad decided to “make trouble,” and after its appearance the bJewish community was never quite the same. The reaction bwas, to put it mildly, explosive.

bThe very next day, B’nai B’rith’s ADL erupted in a fury bthat must have stunned its members, who had never seen bsuch energy on behalf of Jews in years. ADL general counsel bArnold Forster declared: “The Jewish Defense League is a bself-appointed group of vigilantes whose protection the bJewish community does not need or want.” Within less than btwo years, Forster was to become famous as one of three bmajor Jewish Establishment functionaries who refused to bappear in the same room with JDL during the televising of a bDavid Susskind program. JDL wags, mindful of similar bArab refusals to sit with Israelis, immediately circulated a brumor to the effect that Forster was really an Iraqi. The bADL continued by accusing the JDL of “imitating the mind- bless tactics of racial hoodlums,” thereby increasing “the bdanger of explosive riots.” Not to be outdone by his bemployee, ADL national chairman Samuel Dalsimer said, b“We find the group’s paramilitary operations and sen- bsationalist appeals to raw emotion an embarrassment and a bpotential danger.”

bThe umbrella group that represented all Jewish “human brelation groups,” the National Jewish Community Relations bAdvisory Council (NJCRAC), condemned all groups that bthreatened “violent and coercive tactics” in defense of b“Jewish security and Jewish interests,” thus reviving bmemories of similar attacks by the group on the former bJewish underground Irgun and Sternists. NJCRAC went on bto elect one Jordan Band as its chairman. Band was to gain bhis own measure of fame two years later by appearing at yet banother NJCRAC conference to complain that Jews were bbeginning to look inward too much, were becoming too bseparatist and parochial (read: becoming too Jewish and bworrying too much about Jewish problems). He then ad- b 

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