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bAfrican-American Teachers at 1064 Fulton Street. The JDL bappearance there as well as at the vortex of the storm, Junior bHigh School 271 in the Ocean Hill section of Brooklyn b(Campbell’s school), was accompanied by noisy shouts call- bing for the dismissal of ATA President Albert Vann and bCampbell from the public school system—our comment to bthe press was “Try to imagine had these two teachers been bJewish and made comparable comments concerning bBlacks.” We also demanded the suspension of ATA cer- btification as the representative Black teachers’ body until bthey apologized, and we called for an investigation of Ford bFoundation funding of ATA. Above all, we took dead aim at bMayor Lindsay and the Board of Education for impotency band indifference to anti-Semitism.

bTwo weeks later, when Campbell was invited by the local bCommunist-dominated Freedom and Peace Party of bRochdale Village, Queens, to speak in a local school, the JDL bbroke up the meeting and chased Campbell and his body- bguard off the stage. It was the first time that a militant had brun from Jews and the story was front-page news in the Long bIsland Press. The fact that I was, at the time, Rabbi in bRochdale Village also created something of a minor sensa- btion. Is that any way for a nice Jewish rabbi to behave?

bOn January 26, some fifty demonstrators showed up at bWBAI on Manhattan’s East 39th Street. The day before, bGovernor Rockefeller had spoken out concerning the dis- bturbing growth of arson and attacks against Jewish institu- btions, the most serious having been the total destruction of bthe famed Shaarey Tefilah Synagogue in Far Rockaway in bearly January. This served to convince us that drastic steps bhad to be taken. While JDL demonstrated outside, I sat with bstation manager Francis Millspaugh and demanded that the bLester show be cancelled, that WBAI apologize to its listen- bers, and that it pledge that no such hate would be broadcast bagain.

bI told the press outside, “We will suggest that the Federal bCommunications Commission take proper action or an out- braged group of New York citizens will.”

bThe next day the board of directors of the radio station b 

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