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bHaving returned to America in January, I spoke at a bmajor JDL conference that was held in Manhattan’s Hotel bDiplomat just before my return to Israel and the Zionist bCongress. Once again, I cited deteriorating social and beconomic conditions, the rising threat of the quota, and the brise of Right-wing hate groups, and warned of an “impend- bing holocaust.” There is an “urgent need for aliyah,” I said, band, for the first time, called for a “massive emergency baliyah conference” to put my call into action.

bAnd so, as the Zionist Congress opened in Jerusalem, its bchairman Louis Pincus said, “Rabbi Kahane apparently bwants to warn that American Jews are about to be engulfed bin a new holocaust. I do not agree with this view.” Of course bI had not said that American Jews were “about to be,” but bhad spoken of all the signs of a holocaust that would surely beventually come. And so, as Pincus disagreed with my prog- bnosis, I flew to Jerusalem to speak to the Congress.

bArriving on the night of January 19, I was met by Yosef bSchneider and a small army of newsmen and television bcameras. I told them that I would arrive at the hall where the bCongress was being held at 10:00 AM the next day. The bevents of that day were frenetic. I quote from the Jerusalem bPost of Friday, January 21, which ran its three-column story bunder the headline “JDL Leader Is Main Attraction b—Congress Votes Against Hearing Meir Kahane.”

b“True to his statement on arrival from America last night, bRabbi Kahane arrived at the Congress Hall . . . in bJerusalem at ten o’clock in the morning, where a phalanx of bnewsmen and cameramen were waiting to greet him—far bmore newsmen than had attended the opening session of bthe Congress on Tuesday night or the Ben Gurion celebra- btion session on Wednesday.”

bThe paper then went on to explain in detail my reception, bin the form of a committee of two, Jewish Agency bDirector-General Moshe Rivlin and Agency Youth Depart- bment head Mordechai Bar-on. As the two tried to drag me baway from the tens of newsmen who refused to let us speak bprivately, Rivlin and Bar-on tried to persuade me not to bspeak or at least to speak to a small committee and not the b 

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