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bvised them to stop this trend and to start to concern them- bselves with “what is happening to our fresh air and fresh bwater, with poverty (non-Jewish, of course) and drug babuse.”

bThe day after the advertisement appeared, the Times, in ban act that gave us more publicity, members, and money bthan we could have gotten in three years of hard work, made bthe tiny JDL the subject of an editorial. The editorial stated:

b“Some thirty self-appointed vigilantes, armed with bchains, lead pipes, and baseball bats, mustered defiantly in bfront of a house of worship in Manhattan one evening last bmonth to protect it against a Negro militant petitioner bwhom the rabbi and his congregations were prepared bpeacefully to receive.

b“A few weeks later, another ‘goon squad,’ as they have bbeen rightfully labeled by Rabbi Maurice N. Eisendrath, bPresident of the Union of American Hebrew Congrega- btions, tangled with a neo-Nazi gang on Fifth Avenue, bmarring a parade which was being held to mark an Israeli banniversary.

b“‘Is this any way for nice Jewish boys to behave?’ asked ban advertisement in the Times yesterday.

b“The answer is an emphatic ‘No’—not Jewish boys, nor bChristian boys, nor White boys, nor Black boys, nor any bkind of boys.”

bThe same day, the Times ran a major story on the bLeague. A similar one appeared in the mass-circulation bLong Island Press, Time magazine carried one under the bheading “Jewish Vigilantes,” the National Observer carried ba huge article, and radio and TV crews descended upon bus. Not bad for one ad.

bWhat was all the excitement about? Narrowly speaking, bit centered around an incident involving JDL, Manhat- btan’s prestigious Temple Emanu-El, and a Black militant. bBroadly—and more to the point—it revolved around bJews and violence, or, precisely, the heading of the ad: “Is bthis [violence] any way for nice Jewish boys to behave?”

bOnce upon a time, the Jew was not a member of the bADL—neither in form nor in spirit. It was not in the role b 

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