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bI had just been sentenced to a ninety-day jail term or a fine bof $500 when I flew out to the West Coast as the guest of our bLos Angeles chapter. The Post and Opinion of April 23, bcarried the story:

b“Rabbi Kahane was enthusiastic over an almost over- bwhelming reception he received on a whirlwind visit to Los bAngeles, where he spoke to eleven audiences almost evenly bbalanced between Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox bgroups. In each case, he spoke to a standing-room-only bcrowd. What with appearances on five campuses, press con- bferences, and private sessions, this week in California, di- bvided between here and San Diego, was considered a btriumph for the leader of the militant Jewish group.”

bThe Brooklyn Jewish Journal of April 9, 1971, reported the bresult of its own poll of readers under a banner headline: b“Journal Readers Support Jewish Defense League.”

b“The results are in! Among readers of the Brooklyn Jewish bJournal, the Jewish Defense’s activities are approved by a bvote of 10 to 1 . . .

b“Typical comments were: ‘They should not only continue btheir present role, they should expand it. . . . If it wasn’t bfor the JDL, no action would have been taken by the Rus- bsians. What did other organizations do? Nothing. . . . bMany Jews admire him but for some reason will not talk babout it. We pray Never Again.’”

bThe rush to hear JDL speak was so great that not even the bbombing of the Jewish Center of West Orange, New Jersey, bcould stop my speaking. On the night of April 18, 1971, a bbomb blast ripped the synagogue where I was due to speak bthe following night. According to the New York Daily News, b“It was reported that there was a large demand for tickets bfor Kahane’s talk and that emotions were running high over bhis appearance.” The talk was rescheduled and I spoke to a bpacked synagogue.

bOne reader of the Post and Opinion was furious at the bpaper and challenged the large attendance figures it re- bported. One Herman Imber wrote: “Your ‘news’ article breporting ‘Progress Seen—Defense League Hardly Sty- bmied,’ is hardly unbiased newspaper reporting. Your b 

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