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bcourse, been greeted with grave misgivings by many of the bJDL people in America, who claimed that the job was far bfrom finished there and that I should remain. My own bfeelings were that, to be sure, the job was not finished and I, bmore than they, knew this, since I believed that it could never bbe finished. Precisely because my own feelings about the binevitable fate of the Jew in America were so clear, I wanted bto do all in my power to persuade the American Jew to aliyah band have JDL work for it. The only way to do this was bthrough my own personal aliyah. Just as I had never told bJDL people to act against Russians or anti-Semites without bmyself leading, as a personal example—indeed, had I not bdone this, they would not have gone themselves—so, too, bdid I attempt a personal example in regard to aliyah. I bplanned to make my home in Israel and spend half of the byear in the United States working there, but, to my deep bregret, the Israeli Government’s seizure of my passport, balong with United States encouragement, foiled this and bcaused a tragedy for American Jewry and for Israel, too. bBut this is for another chapter.

bIn December of 1971, as the twenty-eighth World Zionist bCongress loomed, we requested formal status as a Zionist bmovement and representation as delegates. The answer we breceived was that, since the American JDL was not a bmember of the American Zionist Federation, we could not bbe recognized. What the World Zionist Organization failed bto mention, and which we raised in our letter of protest to bthem, was that as early as February 1970 we had tendered bour request for membership in AZF and had then under- bgone almost two years of delaying tactics, which, we told the bpress, were “meant to keep the JDL out of the Federation so bthat its voice will not be heard.”

bWe told the press that I intended to go to the Congress banyway and there to ask the delegates to overrule the deci- bsion and allow me to speak at a plenary session. In our bstatement to the press it was said: “Rabbi Kahane wants to bbring up the question of impending tragedy for American bJewry and the need for immediate plans to rush emigration bfrom the United States.” We added that it was clear that, b 

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