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Jewish and Christian Youth Organizations in Britain Unite to Fight Anti-semitism

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The causes of anti-Semitism and the contributions which Jewish and Christian youth movements can make towards its eradication and the building of a better understanding between the two faiths were discussed at a conference organised by the Youth Council on Jewish-Christian Relationships here.

Representatives of 52 Jewish and Christian youth organizations took part in the conference. The speakers included Mr. W. Eagar, Rev. Dr. J.W. Parkes, Mr. Neville Laski and Mr. Z.F. Willis.

Dr. Parkes, in an historical survey, denied that there was a Jewish problem and said that there were Jewish problems which arose out of the conditions surrounding Jewish communities and were being solved as time went on. Anti-Semitism was a by-product of the teaching of the early Christian Church, he said, whose interpretation of its historic background had unintentionally created hatred of the Jews. Mr. Laski described modern anti-Semitism as the main weapon of Fascism which, he said, had been used successfully in Europe and exported to the democracies.

Practical proposals were adopted by the Conference for securing the cooperation of youth leaders and national youth organizations in the work of the Youth Council.

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