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bness acquaintances to do the same; demand that your bsynagogue do so. If our major Jewish groups continue their breactionary opposition to Jewish causes, leave them and tell byour friends to resign, too. It is amazing what you can do for bmaximum Jewish rights through the power of the purse. bThrow the rascals out and put Jewish priorities in.”

bAside from fighting for the support of Jewish education, bJDL attempted to create some of that education itself. One bof the most successful innovations was the introduction of b“Dov Gruner Month.” Gruner, a member of the Jewish bunderground group, the Irgun Zvai Leumi, was hanged by bthe British in 1947 following an attack on a British police bstation. His name and story, we decided, would be used to bcombat one of the most pernicious and aggravating prob- blems, the fact that so many youth knew all about so-called bnational liberation movements all over the world but had bnot the slightest knowledge that the Jews had had theirs blong before almost all the other Asian-African states had barrived at that stage of national consciousness.

bWe were determined that young Jews would learn about bthe Jewish National Liberation Movement—the NLM, as we bcalled it, which included the Irgun, the Fighters for the bFreedom of Israel (the Stern group), and the Haganah. We balso wanted them to become familiar with the names of bJewish revolutionary heroes such as Gruner, Shlomo Ben bYosef (the first Jew to be hanged by the British), Hakim and bBet Tsoury (the assassins of British Middle East czar, Lord bMoyne, the one responsible for turning back ships loaded bwith Jewish refugees during the war), and others. These bwere groups and these were names that the Jewish young- bster never heard about in his home or his temple, and we bwanted him to learn about the Jewish heroes who had bfought for Jewish freedom, which was at least as precious as bVietnamese.

bOur technique was simple. Having chosen a particular bcampus, we would plaster it with a picture of Gruner and a bcaption that read simply, “This is Dov Gruner. Who was Dov bGruner?” For a week this went on, with more and more bcurious students wondering who, indeed, Gruner was. The b 

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