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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta The JDL Thugs., fascists or patriots who ''protect By RICHARD E. MBYKR NEW YORK (AP) Mem- bers of Hie United States-born Jewish Defence League says tile group was formed to pro- tect "the eternal scapegoat, the Jew." Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir says: "The JDL is a tragedy and doing great harm to our cause." says an Arab. says a Soviet. Paradoxically, the JDI> dis- avows the most violent act as- cribed to it: The fire-bombing of Soviet talent importer Sol Hurok's New York office, which killed one person and injured several others. The JDL, organized here in 1963, claims at least says ils core of dependably militant members numbers no more than 20. It extorts Jews to make emigrate to Israel. From his intern alional head- quarters in Jerusalem, its rabbi leader, Meir Kahane of New York, talks of spreading a worldwide young Jewish revolu- in the U.S. the JDL is in the throes of international reorganization and has had to close its only training camp for lack of money. .BEAT NAZIS The debate centres m what .TDL does, or is suspected of doing. To American Nazis: and clubbing party members in Eerwyn, 111., and warning: "Nazi speeches have been and ure a prelude to mur- der of Jews. There is no meas- ure too militant in dealing with Nazis." To the while-supremacist Ku Klan: in Highstown, N.J., to protest cross burnings: chanting, "Tomorrow it may be you" and threatening that if the police cannot handle the Klan will be taken care of by To Austrians; a Nazi flag and a rign "Don't Visit Nazi Aus- on their Washington em- bassy to protest the acqirttal of m former Nazi officer by an Austrian court and slugging it out with their ambassador and his staff. To the Chinese: the People's Re- public of China flag from its staff In New York; calling the Communist Chinese govern- ment a and an- nouncing that "tearing down tne flag Is only the beginning. To Arabs: the Palestine Lib- eration Organization office in New York, overturning desks, dumping papers and beating an official; invading tho Action Committee on American-Arab Relations; attacking two offi- cials with clubs, and shattering the PLO's office with a bomb. But mostly to Russians: and shoving and shouting at their diplomats on SHOULD I? To acl or to politic? That could he being pondered by i pensive Shirley MacLalne in her latest role as co-chair- woman of Ihp McCiovfrr- Shrivcr National Advisory Cflmmiltre. :he streets of Washington and New York Svoboda Yevreynm, (freedom for following them into stores, "Give the Russian whatever he wants, give the Russian everything he has coming to taunting their wives Poshli Dompop, (go following their cars yel- ling Pig and what a spokesman for the Soviet mission to the United Nations calls "the dir- tiest four-letter word in the Russian- language: picketing their homes, telephoning their apartments and pounding on thedr doors to deliver insults; calling them again and again at their offices. MANY ARRESTED Their actions have won JDL. members countless arrests. They have been charged with disorderly conduct, ment, criminal trespass, cnmi- nal mischief, malicious destruc- ion of property, violating gun- control laws, rioting, resisting arrest and making, receiving and possessing explosives. Kahane himself has been ar- rested more times than his law-1 yer can count. He has pleaded juilty to the most serious charge against o make bombs. He was placed on five years' probation with permission to emigrate to Is- rael and fined And the JDL has won unqual- fied hatred from its targets. says Palestine Liberation Organization repre- sentative Sadat Hassan, beaten yy the invaders in his New York office. "We have our fa- natics, too. ft these people want :o bring Middle East tension to the streets of New York, we can do the same." "Thugs." say the Soviets. "Storm troopers terrorists gangsters hooligans bandits Zionist Ku Klux Klan men extremists pogromists and provo- cateurs." Curing the height of JDL's anti-Soviet harrassmenl, the Russian retaliated. The U.S. embassy in Moscow got threat- ening phone calls. There was a bomb scare. One diplomat had his windshield broken, another his tires slashed and his tail lights shattered. An American news correspondent had his car windows broken, another his tires punctured. One corre- spondent found a note on his car seat: "Watch out, reptile. Ivext time it will be worse." JEWS DEEPLY SPLIT But the bitterest reaction to the Jewish Defence League has come from Jews themselves. Unique in American Jewry, the JDL has caused what its gen- eral counsel, Bertram Zweibon, acknowledges to be the deepest split in the U.S. Jewish ccmmu- nity in recent history. "Batmen goon says Rabbi Maurice N. Eisen- drath, wlw as president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations representing all congregations of Reform Jews in the Western Hemisphere re- ported to its board of gover- nors: "The so-called Jewish Defence League violates every ethic and tradition of Judaism and every concept of civil liber- ties and democratic process in American life." j President Philip E. Hoffman of the American Jewish Com- mittee says JDL activities i "clearly violate the laws of the city, state and nat'nn en-i danger Ihe lives i innocent citizens and serve to harm those very causes which JDL! purports to advance." Rabbi Joseph Karasick. pres- ident of tlic Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of Amer- ica, calls JDL "destructive" and "irresponsible" and says its violence no! represent any Jewish consensus nor any major responsible American Jewish organization." The American Jewish Con- grecj barred Kahane from Its biennial meeting in Cleveland. 1 "We have nothing to learn from says its president, Rabbi i Arthur L. Jews fvorn countries banned Kahane from a three-day congress in Brussels on the plight of Soviet Jewry, and Belgium expelled him from the country. "The JDL is a says Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. "1 imagine some young people think they are doing what's right, but they are abso- lutely wrong and doing great harm fo our cause. No small group can take on itself that it knows better than the organ- ized Jewish world. Violence is against our principles. By using such methods, they play into the hands of our enemies." -------W.dnwdov, S.pf.mbor 27, THE HCRAU i Terrorists again itching for action PREMIER GOLDA MEIR TEL AVIV (AP) Twenty-1 five years ago, Jewish terror-1 isls who helped drive the Brit- ish army out of Palestine turned respectable and began joining the Israeli estab- lishment. They became busi- nessmen, fanners, lawyers, members of Parliament. Now some of them seem to want to load up again and go back into the cloak, dagger and bomb time out- side the Middle East. The reason: 'Hie Munich Olympic killings and other Arab murder attempts. The target: Arab guerrillas and Arab centres in Europe. Languishing in a Tel Aviv ho- tel room last weekend, with po- lice lapping his telephone, a chunky, middle-aged manu- facturer named Amihai Paglin. Police charged that Paglin was involved in packing a crate full of arms and explosives for shipment to Europe to launch an underground vengeance war. Paglin was once operations officer for the Irgun terrorist gang, which blew other headquar- ters in the King David Hotel in Jerusalem in 1946, killing 95 persons. Most Israelis believe Paglin isn't the only one thinking alwiit a private war against the Black September movement, whose gunmen did the Munich murder Job. Paglin is an active right-wing politician with many friends who share his views. But the Israeli government, mindful of its image, says it is determined to keep its war against Arab terrorism under control. Paglin was confined to a ho- tel by court was also loudly cheered in police checked to see who else might be plotting. Police also questioned Rabbi Meir Kahane, the- American leader of the militant Jewish Defence League. Kahane said that his JDL has connections with former members of the Is- raeli underground, and that he had asked the Israeli secret j service to train some of his j young Jewish followers for sc- cret operations. The request was refused. The Israeli government, from Premier Golda Meir on down, has vowed war against the Arab guerrillas, but Deputy Premier Yigal Allon has pledged that "we are not plan- ning illegal operations." "We are not looking for dis- guises Anything we do will be done officially." Since the Munich massacre and the murders by mail cam- paign, Israeli newspapers have been speculating on prospects of private reprisals. They recall some from the kidnapping of Nazi killer Adolf Eichmann, the mailing of bombs to Ger- man scientists working with Egypt's war machine hi 1960s and other mystery abroad. 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