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bof the Jewish Council. A hasty telephone call brought some btwelve of our people down there, where they confronted bCarson.

bOne of our boys, Josh Joffe, sat at a desk with his hand on ba boiling coffee percolator. One of Carson’s goons taunted bhim by saying that the previous night he had told a Jewish bteacher who had spoken of the six million Jews at a school bmeeting, to sit down or there would be “six million and one.” bJosh, a remarkably ugly looking fellow when he wishes to bappear so, looked the militant in the eye and said, “If you bsaid that to me I would cut you up in little pieces.” There was bno need for cutting.

bIn June 1969 we received a frantic phone call from the bCrown Heights Jewish Council. The next day, they told us, belections for the directors of the Model Cities Program bwould be held again and Jews had received clear threats that banyone voting would be killed. The Council was convinced bthat unless the JDL came down to openly protect the Jews, bmany would not vote and control of the program and the bfunds would pass into the hands of the militants. With just a bmoment to ponder the fact that the Council had not turned bto the American Jewish Congress, we made plans to send bour people to the neighborhood.

bThe next day, Jews from outside of Crown Heights took boff from work and school to guard every polling place. Cars bwith loudspeakers announced in Yiddish and English: b“Come out to vote, the JDL is here.” In only one place, the bsame polling booth that had seen Jews prevented from bvoting the previous year, was an effort made to stop Jews bfrom voting. Twenty of our people descended on the spot band told the troublemakers to please stand aside because we bwere going through, “past them or over them.” There was bno trouble and Jews took sixteen of twenty-four seats on the bboard.

bThree years later, at the next election, JDL again was basked to help the community in response to threats and hate bleaflets such as one that read, in part, “The Crown Heights bCommunity Corporation is presently in the complete con- btrol of Jews even though Black people make up 90 percent b 

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