NEW YORK (Jan. 16)
Citing deteriorating economic and social conditions, the rising threat of quota systems and an “alarming” growth of neo-Nazi groups in this country. Rabbi Meir Kahane warned today of an “impending holocaust” in the United States. Thus, he said, there is an “urgent need for aliya,” and he called for a “massive emergency aliya conference” for this April.
Speaking at a Jewish Defense League-sponsored public meeting at the Hotel Diplomat here that was attended by about 225 people, the JDL leader said the Jews are being blamed for the Vietnam war that has “poisoned this country,” for the proliferation of pornography, and for the spread of narcotics and hallucinogenic drugs, As economic conditions here worsen, he warned, the Jews will feel the brunt of an America that is growing “more frightened, more angry, more bitter and more desperate.”
Rabbi Kahane said that only “the willfully blind or the fool” will say “it can’t happen here.’” He said it would be a mistake to grant freedom of speech to the neo-Nazi groups now active in the US because these groups will use that freedom of speech “to put every Jew in the ovens.” Rabbi Kahane said he wants to discuss the urgent need for aliya at this week’s World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem and that he will attempt to address the Congress delegates although he said he has twice been denied permission to speak by the conference’s organizers.
He also reiterated the need to get help for the Jewish poor in the US from Jewish federations and from city, state and the federal agencies. In addition, he repeated his encouragement to Jews to legally arm themselves for their own self-defense. And he announced that JDL is setting up a “unique” school for the intense training of specially selected college students each of whom will be returned to American campuses as a “professional Jewish agitator” to inculcate Jewish consciousness in Jewish college students.