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The most recent Jewish attacks on Black people and their leaders started in 1983 during the presidential campaign of the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson. The following is a chronology of those events:
In 1983, some Jews organized a group calling themselves “Jews Against Jackson” to oppose the presidential candidacy of the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, a Black civil rights leader and founder of “People United to Save Humanity” (PUSH). The JAJ protested by taking out a New York Timesadvertisement with the slogan “Ruin Jesse, Ruin,” mocking the slogan of Jackson’s supporters, “Run Jesse, Run.”
In 1984, Reverend Jackson became the symbol of Black political advancement, registering thousands of Blacks and poor Whites to vote in local and national elections. Hundreds of threats against the life of Rev. Jackson and his family were recorded and several arrests were made. The remains of mutilated animals were left at the home of Reverend Jackson and his campaign headquarters in two cities were bombed. Rev. Jackson enlisted the support of Min. Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, whose security force, named the “Fruit Of Islam,” secured the life of the candidate.