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bNote the hypothesis that JDL spoke only to young people band not to all Jews when it spoke of escape. Note, too, the btotal refusal to face reality and logic by ignoring the fact that bthere was a problem of escape.

bAmid the angry reaction, the conference convened on bMay 7. Bert Zweibon opened with an explanation of its bpurpose.

b“We have gathered here,” he told the more than five bhundred delegates, “to create a machinery for the mass breturn of American Jews to their homeland, Israel. In the bface of deteriorating conditions and crises which are leading bto a breakdown of the democratic process and a wave of banti-Jewish feeling, in the face of a wave of assimilation, bintermarriage, and Jewish alienation, the American Jew bfaces a potential physical and spiritual disaster and tragedy bunless immediate and urgent steps are taken for his return bto the Jewish State.

b“What will be established here today . . . will be an bAmerican Jewish national organization with branches in bevery local community to begin the job of immediate bmass return. The name of the organization will be bHabayta. . . .”

bThe other speakers all dwelt on the theme of Jew-hatred. bOur youth coordinator Eli Schwartz spoke on the sources band literature of anti-Semitism, while James Rapp analyzed bthe comparisons and differences between Weimar Ger- bmany and America 1972. I spoke for more than an hour. bAgain I repeated all that I had been saying for so long: “The bAmerican dream is coming to an end for the Jew. . . . The bcrisis in America is making the ground fertile for Jew- bhatred. . . . The humiliating defeat in Vietnam is going to blet loose a flood of devils in this country. The Jew will bultimately bear the brunt of America’s failure in Vietman. bWe will yet pay for our Jerry Rubins and Abby Hoffmanns. bThe myth of the stab in the back will be with us again. . . . bThere are those who say America is not Germany. That is btrue. And Germany was not czarist Russia. . . . The Ger- bman Jew lived well and much longer in Germany than we b 

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