Counting the Jews

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So George Bush had, as deputy chair of his party's national committee, a man who obeyed Richard Nixon's order to compile a Jew count in the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Two of those he fingered were removed to other posts; ergo, it wasn't just a matter of Nixon's fetid curiosity.) No sweat, says Abraham Foxman of the AntiDefamation League of B'nai B'rith. Frederic Malek's obedience to orders is ancient history.

This would not be the first time that official Jewry has held its fire when the American establishment talks anti-Semitism, while emptying the vials of its anger over the politically unrespectable. When Gen. George Brown, former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned that Jews own the banks and newspapers ("You just look at where the Jewish money is'), he was let off with barely a caution. When Jerry Falwell pandered in similar fashion, he received a Jabotinsky Award from Prime Minister Menachem Begin. …