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bat John F. Kennedy Airport. The voices were young and bproud and the walls shook as, with the notes of the song bdying away, the roar of “Never Again, Never Again, Never bAgain!” rang out.

bAnd then I was gone, sitting in the bus that took the bpassengers to the plane on the runway. I found myself with ba group of passengers who were attached to an American bJewish Congress tour. (They do that well.) And a middle- baged man turned from looking at our beautiful youngsters band in an almost urgent, puzzled voice, asked me: “Where bdo you get youngsters like that?”

bI looked at him, a good and simple man, who really and btruly did not know. Who really and truly could not know bbecause the answer was so unacceptable to him and all that bhe had been taught.

bAs I had gone through the gate and disappeared from bview, one of our people, a huge, powerful member of the bChaya Squad named Herb Schneider, turned to the group band shouted: “What’s the best going-away present that we bcan give Meir?”

bTo a man the group turned and ran to give it to me. bMoments later tens of startled bystanders and horrified bemployees at the Soviet Union’s Aeroflot airlines counter bwatched as the JDL horde stormed in, ripping down the bSoviet flags, tearing up their airline records, and smashing bthe installations. Another attack by Jews on the Soviet Union bto let them know we were our brother’s keepers.

b“Where do you get youngsters like that?” the respectable, bsimple Jew had asked. How could I tell him that you get bthem by giving them the kind of pride that the AJC had bdestroyed? That you get them by demanding that they give bof themselves and by your doing it with them, going first and bsitting with them in prison if necessary. That you don’t “get” bthem, that they come to you—if you are worthy of it.

bAnd then the plane was up in the air and I was on my way bhome. Israel, where we opened yet another branch of the bJewish Defense League, where we set out to create yet banother Jewish revolution and where—but that is for banother time.

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