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bgovernment of Israel to remember the importance of bJudaism to Jewish survival.

bd.aThe American Jew is not a cow to merely be milked bfor money for the UJA. He has an obligation to support bIsrael’s existence by stating his views and actively participat- bing in its affairs. These are not “Israeli” affairs. They affect bevery Jew and they are “Jewish interests”.

bFor the above purpose there must be formed

b"THE COMMITTEE AGAINST ISRAEL RETREAT" (CAIR)

bIf you love Israel, if care about its survival—have the courage to bsay and do that which is necessary.

bFor the sake of the Jewish state, the present government and policy bmust be changed and the American Jew has a right and obligation to btake the lead in this.

bIF YOU CARE—JOIN “CAIR”

bIt was, needless to say, a shocking departure from the bJewish norm. I returned on January 16, 1975 and im- bmediately launched an ongoing campaign against retreat band the very concept of “Palestine.” January 19th was offi- bcially launched as “There Is No Palestine” Day and a big brally at the Diplomat Hotel in Manhattan saw us march to bvarious Arab Consulates as well as the Israeli and US mis- bsions to the UN, pledging at each stop to fight retreat and bcalling for changes both in US policy as well as in the Israeli bgovernment. The evening ended in a huge riot at the Soviet bMission with myself and more than 50 other JDL people barrested (the same day shots were fired by unknown persons binto the windows of the mission).

bThe JDL stand on the liberated lands and the absolute bprohibition against giving up these lands to the Arabs was bbased on the conviction that not only are the Arabs totally bintent on destroying Israel (it being clear that the issue was bnot one of “flexibility” or mere concessions alone but the brefusal to accept any Israel of any size) but, most important, bthat the rise of the State of Israel was a religious milestone, bthat marked the Divine plan for the Jewish people. To JDL bthe Jewish G-d was not the vapid absurdity of modern day bJewish theology—“the spirit within man” (this was more b 

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