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bhowever, did find time in October 1970 to announce that it bhad helped solve the problem of a poor little Jewish girl bnamed Barbra Streisand. Her problem was that they would bnot let her move into a $240,000, twenty-room apartment bon Park Avenue, and those who pass for Jews at the AJC brushed to court on her behalf. The reason is simple. Miss bStreisand’s problem might very well be theirs tomorrow; they bare all in the same bracket. But the poor Jew who lived in bpoverty, who trembled before crime, he was forgotten. bWorse, when someone did care, when someone cared benough to do something, the frightened little men at the top bcried “vigilante.”

bThat is what the people of Forest Hills, Queens, did. bThose sleek and contented ones who had turned a deaf ear bto the cries of the South Bronx and Brownsville while bfighting for Black rights in South Mississippi, who con- bdemned any JDL defense of Jews from Blacks as “racist.” bHow liberal, how universal—how hypocritical!

bBut G-d is good and He works marvelously. Those who bsaw nothing wrong in low income houses in Brownsville byears ago, were suddenly stricken with a plague in Forest bHills. For G-d sent a housing project into their midst and the bliberals for Mississippi panicked. And when they panicked, bhow ironic that they suddenly found nothing wrong with b“violence.” And how amusing to see the good and respect- bable burghers of Forest Hills demonstrating against cranes band bulldozers and fighting police and, yes, even quietly bcalling on the JDL to find out whether we couldn’t do bsomething drastic . . .

bHow unfeeling all the Jewish leaders and leadership and, bapparently, how incapable of feeling the pain of Jews when bit was not their own pain! The same people who were to con- bdemn those who did, truly did, feel pain for the Jews of bLeningrad, now and for the very same reasons attacked bthose who did, really did, feel pain for the Jews of Brook- blyn, Boston, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. How absent the btrue feeling of Ahavat Yisroel, love of Jews! How far bremoved from their suffering brothers! And how tragic that bwhen they themselves did not do anything, they did not b 

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