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And Now...

 

bAs I write these words it is the month of Elul, in the Hebrew byear 5734, August, 1974. It is six years since the Jewish bDefense League came into being. I have just finished a trial bin Israel for the “crime” of having plotted to wreck the visit bto Washington in June 1973 of Soviet Communist Party bChief Leonid Brezhnev. A Jewish court in a Jewish state bheard a Jewish prosecutor charge me with having attempted bto stop the Soviets from achieving their goal of close ties, btrade, and vitally needed détente with the United States bbecause I knew, and know, that the moment the Soviets feel bthat the détente is immutable, permanent, and too much in bthe interests of the American businessman to dissolve it, bthen our only leverage, our one major weapon in the strug- bgle for Soviet Jewry will be gone. And the Jewish prosecutor, bat the direction of the Israeli government’s highest level, bdemanded that I be punished for plotting to commit a crime bin the United States.

bAnd should one ask: Israel! Are you Brezhnev’s keeper? bIs it not enough that the ruling circles of the Jewish Agency bcarried on their passivity and refusal to rise up on behalf of bthe murdered Jews of the Holocaust, as so bitterly described bby men like Rabbi Dov Ber Weissmandel in his book Min bHamaytsar (From the Depths) and Ben Hecht in his shocking bPerfidy? Is it not enough that you continued this silence in bthe case of the Russian Jews and, worse, silenced those bSoviet Jews who sought to escalate the struggle? If you did b 

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