THE STORY OF THE JEWISH DEFENSE LEAGUE Page 325
Chapter 10: Epilogue
 
 
Prev Page   Page Guide   Next Page
Epilogue 325

bcorrectly identified as “heartburn”) but the Creator of man band his world, the G-d of history who was, is and will be, and bwho shapes the Jewish destiny. The era of Exile had been a bperiod of humiliation and shame not for the Jew alone but bfor the All Mighty who was either sanctified or desecrated bthrough His people, the Jews. Shame and persecution for bthe Jew meant that his G-d was either non-existent or impo- btent, in the eyes of the gentile world (and indeed, the bhumiliation of the Jew was the “proof” of the Church that its bteachings were correct).

bWith the rise of the State of Israel, all that had begun to bchange. It was clear to us that the State of Israel was the batchalta d’geulah, the beginning of the final period of re- bdemption that had been foretold by the Jewish prophets band that had been spoken of in the Talmud. The act of re- btreating before the enemy and giving up Jewish land was in bitself a turning back of the clock and a return to the era of bdesecration of G-d, rather than the continuation of the new bera of Santification. The act of giving up Jewish land—a bTalmudic prohibition—was compounded by the desecra- btion of G-d’s Name that it implied in this new and final era of bJewish history. We were convinced that the very future of bthe Jewish people, the decision as to whether the final re- bdemption would come swiftly and majestically or only with bneedless agony and suffering, was dependant on that act of bfaith and belief of the Jew in his G-d that was implied by his brefusal to violate the prohibition and by his determination to bstand firm.

bIt was this religious conviction standing side by side with bthe political knowledge that the Arabs sought nothing less bthan the elimination of any Israel of any size, that led JDL to blaunch CAIR with the following program:

b1.aLiterature explaining the danger and the reality of bAmerican pressure on Israel as well as the threat to Israeli bsecurity posed by the present Israeli government’s willing- bness to surrender lands.

b2.aThree basic demands on the Israeli government: The bformation of a new government of national unity, bringing bin the opposition parties and based on the principle of no b 

Prev Page   Page Guide   Next Page
 
 
THE STORY OF THE JEWISH DEFENSE LEAGUE Page 325
Chapter 10: Epilogue