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balmost succeeded in formulating a practical plan of Polish bJewish evacuation to Palestine. The soon-to-be-born State of bIsrael, faced by hordes of Arabs and with no weapons, did bnot hesitate to accept aid from Josef Stalin in 1948. The first bIsraeli Ambassador to Moscow shook hands with the bStalinists—her name was Golda Meir. Israel has not been bknown to turn down economic or arms benefits from racist bSouth Africa and would not do the same should Peking bmake an offer of help. One wonders whether Joe Colombo bwas a greater wretch than Joe Stalin, and I will shake the bhand of the first board chairman of a suburban temple who btears up a Colombo check to cover his half-million-dollar bmortgage. How self-righteous we are when we have no bproblems of our own and how disgustingly incapable of bfeeling the pain of others!

bI have mentioned the refusal of Jewish groups to come to bthe aid of Jewish political prisoners. It was a scandalous bsituation. In 1972, three members of the JDL, Stuart Cohen, bSheldon Davis, and Sheldon Siegel, were arrested on bcharges of having conspired in the firebombing of the boffices of Sol Hurok in January of that year. Not a single bJewish group offered to furnish bail for Jewish youngsters, baccused—not convicted—of a political Jewish crime.

bIn a hastily called press conference, I bitterly condemned bJewish groups and Jews for both labeling the three guilty bbefore a trial and for refusing to furnish bail: “Jews are bready to fall over themselves to give an Eldridge Cleaver or ban Angela Davis the benefit of the doubt, insisting that they bare innocent until proven guilty. But they rush to condemn bthree young Jews and we cannot find anyone to furnish bbail.” I was alluding to the disgraceful but not unexpected bmove whereby the American Jewish Congress accepted a bCommunist-sponsored full-page ad in its Congress Bi-Weekly bon September 17, 1971, calling for “Bail for Angela bDavis—An Appeal to the Jewish People.”

bOne of the most shameful incidents in my memory oc- bcurred the next day, the Sabbath, when I arrived at the bYoung Israel of Flatbush, one of the wealthier Orthodox bsynagogues in Brooklyn, and sought to make an appeal for b 

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