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bthe Bosheviks banned them in Russia. He now cancelled his bplans to purchase ten tickets to the luncheon as well as his bown planned personal appearance and, in an article in the bUFT’s journal, explained his action as coming in the wake of bthe Jewish Teachers’ invitation to me.

bBut there was more. Plans had been made to present an baward to Golda Meir, which was to have been accepted for bher by Israel’s Consul General David Rivlin. Upon learning bof my appearance, Rivlin cancelled because of “matters of bstate.”

bI appeared and the account of the appearance was de- btailed in a front-page story in The New York Times, under the bheading: “Shanker Boycotts Teacher’s Luncheon Featuring bKahane”:

b“Albert Shanker, the Teachers Union leader, refused to battend the annual luncheon of the Jewish Teachers Associa- btion yesterday because the guest speaker was Rabbi Meir bKahane, head of the militant Jewish Defense League. . . .

b“Just before Rabbi Kahane began speaking to an audience bof more than 1,200, who interrupted him with frequent boutbursts of applause and gave him a rising ovation when he bapproached the lectern, Rabbi Harold Gordon, executive bvice-president of the New York Board of Rabbis, left the bdias in protest.” How clear an example of the gap between bthe little Jews and the functionaries who presume to speak bin their name!

bMy speech followed one given by school Deputy Chancel- blor Irving Anker who, in the face of the destruction of the bmerit system, growing reverse discrimination, quotas, and bviolence, all of which were destroying Jewish rights in the bschool system, attempted to persuade the teachers to rely on bthe Board of Education and the regular union process to bdefend those Jewish rights. The Jewish Teachers’ newslet- bter, Morim, reporting on the luncheon, put it thus:

b“Perhaps their [mine and Anker’s] philosophical differ- bences could best be emphasized by Mr. Anker’s question: ‘If bI am only for myself, then what am I?’

b“And the response by Rabbi Kahane: ‘Is it good for the bJews?’”

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