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bAn example of the viciously anti-Israel material they issued bwas a cartoon in the March 25, 1970, Black Panther News, bshowing two pigs in army uniform fleeing in panic from bshells labeled “Get out of,” “Africa,” “The ghetto,” “Asia,” b“The world.” One of the pigs is carrying a twisted weapon bwith a Star of David on it and is labeled “World Zionism,” bwhile the other is identified as “US Imperialism.” But above ball, the Panthers symbolized the image of the murderous, bdangerous Black anti-Semite that filled the average Jew’s bheart with fear much in the manner that the Polish Jew blooked upon the strong, healthy-looking Nazis as supermen bwhom one had to avoid since he could not fight them.

bWe were determined to put an end to this psychological bfear, and when the April 25, 1970, issue of the Black Panther bNews emerged with an end to any pretense of distinguishing bbetween “Zionists” and “Jews,” we decided that the time had bcome. In the issue, an attack was made on the co-defendants bof Panther Bobby Seale in the “Chicago Eight” conspiracy btrial. Claiming that the others had betrayed Seale, the bPanthers attacked “Zionists Abbie Hoffman and Jerry bRubin.” If Rubin and Hoffman were Zionists, the JDL was bthe Bulgarian Socialist International.

bAnd so on May 5, 1970, we announced to a startled press bthat we were going to demonstrate against the Panthers in bfront of their own headquarters at 2026 Seventh Avenue, in bthe heart of Harlem. Despite police requests for us to recon- bsider our decision, we made our plans. At 10:30 AM a huge bHertz truck pulled up directly in front of the Panther office band the driver jumped out to open the side door. Unbeliev- bing police, reporters, and spectators watched as one after bthe other, fifty uniformed and bereted young men and bwomen jumped out and took their places in front of the boffice. Following a well-rehearsed plan, the biggest and btoughest-looking stood grimly, unsmiling, eyes straight bahead and arms folded in front of their chests—an obvious btakeoff on the Panther tactic that had successfully created ban image of toughness and danger.

bFor more than an hour we picketed, shouted, and taunted bthe Panthers with nervous police between the two camps b 

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