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bever political ideology it is that motivates them but they do bnot do so in the name of Judaism.”

bThe convention then condemned quotas and affirmative baction and called for a rating system for political candidates bbased on their “Jewish quotient.”

bWell, well. When had all of these things—and more—first bbeen said? And who was the first to say them? And when bthey were first said, where were the members of the Na- btional Jewish Civil Rights Council? And how many stones bwere heaved at those who said them? And how un-Jewish band outrageous it was then!

bWhen I wrote these things years earlier and when JDL bspoke these things and demanded that action be taken along bthese lines and took action itself, how angry the Jewish voices band how silent Petuchowski and Siegel. And how sad that bthere are always the few with vision who are attacked by the bblind and timid majority and that the others begin to see so bvery late—sometimes too late. But at least the dead were bawakening and the JDL’s unique contribution was the res- burrecting of those dead, making the dry bones live, being bthe prod, the gadfly, the one that gave no rest until the blind bbegan to see and the dead began to bestir themselves.

bTo be sure, the major Jewish groups still suffered from bJewish mental disturbance and retardation but they, too, bwere being taught by us and grudgingly learning. Rather bthan braying in the old-fashioned manner, blasting the posi- btions of JDL, they now had lowered their tone, grudgingly baccepted the fact that there were serious Jewish problems. bIn June 1970, Haskell L. Lazere, Director of the New York bChapter of the American Jewish Committee, wrote an arti- bcle for Reform Judaism’s Dimensions in American Judaism. It bwas about the JDL and went under the heading “Haganah bUSA?” He paid lip service to the old, tired tirades, blasting bthe JDL as “an aberration” and likening it to the Black bPanthers, Minutemen, etc. But then he wrote things that no bJewish Establishment spokesman or functionary would bhave felt it necessary to write just a year earlier. It was just bthe slightest amount of confession, contrition, or more suit- bably, mea culpa.

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