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bpatently anti-Semitic. The so-called Third World paper put bout by the Black and Puerto Rican students out of college bfunds carried hate of Israel and “Zionism” regularly, and bthe incidence of beatings and robbings on campus had bskyrocketed. Blacks had sectioned off a corner of the bcafeteria, which had become forbidden to whites, and the bsame thing was done in the Student Union. Later, in April b1971, a Jewish student had played “L’Shana HaBach,” the bonly Hebrew song in the Student Union jukebox, a number bof times. (The jukebox contained a large number of “soul” bsongs.) Claiming they were annoyed, a number of Blacks bcame over, opened the jukebox, and broke the record. bWhen two Jewish students protested, a toy gun (it was bhardly known that it was a toy at the time) was pulled out, band the two Jews pushed around. Long before the incident, bI had been scheduled to speak at Brooklyn College on May b4, but when I heard about it, I was furious. It was not just the brecord but rather the evolution of the campus into a place of barrogance, hatred, and the trampling of Jewish rights while bJews and the administration quietly “gave them the ball.” bThe atmosphere had to change and the militant Blacks had bto learn that Jews would fight them and beat them if neces- bsary.

bSpeaking to a large crowd on the Brooklyn quadrangle, I bannounced that we were going into the Student Union and bsince there was no longer a record of “L’Shana Ha’Bach,” we bwould sing it “live.” Whereupon more than a hundred JDL bpeople joined me, and we went into the “verboten” area and bsang and danced. The ten or so Blacks could not believe bwhat was happening and reinforcements were called. A bmajor battle erupted, with the news media reporting on it all bday. The next night, after we announced that we were bcoming back for another show of Jewish Power, I was bawakened at three in the morning by police, who served me bwith a temporary restraining order forbidding me to reap- bpear on campus. Since I was flying to Miami the next morn- bing to address the Rabbinical Council of America and re- bquest help for Avraham Hershkowits, who was sitting in bfederal prison, the JDL showed up without me, more than a b 

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