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Lerner, left, and fellow SLF members in the 70s
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover once described Michael Lerner, then a leader of the anti-war

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'Seattle Seven' Vietnam Protester Michael Lerner's New War - in Israel and at Home

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Lerner, left, and fellow SLF members in the 70s
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover once described Michael Lerner, then a leader of the anti-war Seattle Seven, as "one of the most dangerous criminals in America." That was in the Seventies, when Lerner and other Seattle Liberation Front members were charged with inciting violent riots as part of the Vietnam War protests here. The U.S. charges were ultimately found to be unconstitutional and Hoover's undercover FBI agents, it turned out, had helped instigate the violence.

Now he's Rabbi Michael Lerner and it's his property that demonstrators are attacking. His Berkeley home, in the S.F. Bay Area, was hit yesterday by what he suspects are radical Zionists, plastering his house with signs saying the liberal rabbi supports terrorism - "any enemy of Israel is a friend of mine," says one over a caricature of Lerner. The postering follows a verbal attack on Lerner by attorney Alan Dershowitz who called Lerner one of the "rabbis for Hamas" because of their support for the Goldstone Report, which accuses the Hamas but also Israel of war crimes.

In an e-mail statement, Lerner's organization - he also publishes Tikkun, a bi-monthly Jewish magazine celebrating its 25th anniversary - says:

The attackers used a powerful form of glue to attach posters to his door and around the property of his home attacking Lerner personally, and attacking liberals and progressives as being supporters of terrorism and "Islamo-fascism." They posted a printed bumper sticker saying "fight terror--support Israel" next to a caricature of Judge Goldstone whose UN report on Israel's human rights violations in its attack on Gaza last year has been denounced as anti-Semitic and pro-terror by right wingers in Israel and the U.S...

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Rabbi Lerner today
Lerner says he and his organization "have received many death threats and vicious hate mail, including phone calls to our office announcing that 'Rabbi Lerner is dead' and others saying 'We will kill all of you.'" But this time opponents made it clear they know where Lerner lives, he says, and they're also characterizing him as a terrorist, providing, he says, a "right-wing justification" to use violence against Lerner, who, since his Seattle Seven days, has been an advocate of non-violence.

In a Web post, Lerner's organization says, "The phones have been ringing off the hook here as word spreads of the threatening intrusion upon our editor's home. It's heartening to hear some empathetic voices after weathering the days of hate mail..." Berkeley Police say they're investigating.

 
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