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bsuccess had been greeted with pride and cheers in the Arab bworld and threatened to open up a whole new era of bhijackings—it did. The young Jewish couple was accused of bplanning to board an Egyptian airliner in London and hi- bjack it as a warning to the terrorists that two could play the bsame game. An extraordinarily high bail of $250,000 was binitially set; later it was reduced to $25,000 for Nancy, who bwas released. Avraham Herschkowitz sat in prison for weeks bwithout kosher food, and protests to the Board of Rabbis bbrought only feeble replies. It was only after demonstra- btions at the board’s offices, including a wholesale takeover of bthe rabbinical suites, that kosher food began to reach the bprisoner. This was love of Jewry, Board of Rabbis style.

bAnd if that negative contribution to Ahavat Yisroel would bhave been all, it would have been sufficient. But there was bmore from the bankrupt, gentilized, Jewish Establishment. bMore, in the form of cooperating with the FBI in the hand- bing over of JDL names to the government for the purpose of baiding in their apprehension and conviction. In early 1971 bthe local office of the FBI in Media, Pennsylvania, was bbroken into by leftists and a large number of files and bdocuments stolen. Some time after that, selected documents bbegan arriving at newspapers throughout the country, and bin May a startling one involving the Jewish Defense League bwas received. It was in the form of a top-secret memo from a bspecial agent of the FBI, listing the names of a number of bJDL members in the Philadelphia area and stating that the blist had been given by Samuel Gaber, the regional director bof the Anti-Defamation League. It warned that the informa- btion should be kept secret lest the fact that the ADL had binformed be made public. The document read: “S.O.I. bSamuel Lewis Gaber, ADL (protect).” It listed the names of bPhiladelphia attorney Benjamin Pomerantz, Russell Kelner, band Irving Sheinman, and said it was opening “new cases” bon the men.

bAn article in Newsday carried Gaber’s denial that he was b“an FBI informer whose identity was to be ‘protected’,” but bquoted him as saying “If they list me as a source, somewhere b 

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