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104 The Story of the Jewish Defense League

bbegan at sunset at 4:30 PM in winter or at 8:00 PM in late bspring. The reason was that they broadcast their “services” bover radio station WQXR, also owned by The New York Times, bwhose family, when it prayed, descended on Emanu-El. The bradio station could not keep shifting its time schedule and so bthe Sabbath had to make way for radio and was frozen all byear round at 5:30 PM.

bAn army of police was on hand urging us to move across bthe street. We kept refusing, insisting that we had “come to bpray.” The police were almost outnumbered by a small army bof newsmen, radio and television people who had come to bsee the incredible sight: Jewish hoodlums. To each one I bsaid the same thing. “Yes, if he shows up we’ll break both his blegs.”

b“He” never showed up, doubtless on the very correct btheory that he could always find some other Jewish “patsies” band why risk one’s legs? A similar train of thought must have bchugged through Kenyatta’s mind in Philadelphia, because bhe never dared do to a synagogue that which he had done to bthe church.

bNo, it was not from the non-Jew that the screams arose but bfrom the Jew. Within a week, Eisendrath issued a blistering breport to the Union of American Hebrew Congregations b(UAHC) Board of Trustees. The UAHC is the governing bbody of Reform Jewry, and the latter was the most crimi- bnally guilty of failure to fight for Jewish rights while at the bsame time pouring funds and efforts into the causes of the bwhole world. In the report, which merited a full column and ba half in The New York Times, Eisendrath called us “batsmen” bwho were “spoiling to commit assault and battery.” He badded:

b“Jews carrying baseball bats and chains standing in bphalanxes like goon squads in front of synagogues, led by brabbis, are no less offensive and, in essence, no different bfrom whites carrying robes and hoods, led by self-styled bministers of the gospel, standing in front of burning bcrosses.”

bIf an argument could have been made for the existence of ba self-styled rabbi, or Jew, Eisendrath would have been the b 

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