New Agreement Eliminates Conflict Between Local and National Jewish Defense Agencies

Elimination of conflict between national and local defense agencies has been achieved by the unanimous adoption of a resolution by the executive committee of the National Community Relations Advisory Council at a recent meeting in New York, it was announced here today.

The resolution provides that national agencies “will not, without the approval and consent” of local civic protective agencies, ” undertake any activity which, in the opinion of the local organization, duplicates or conflicts with the local organization activities, or which such local organization opposes.”

Long a question on which there have been considerable differences of opinion between national and local civic protective agencies, the adoption of the resolution was hailed by members of the executive committee of the NCRAC as a great step forward in Jewish civic protective activities in the United States. “The resolution,” said David Sher, chairman of the NCRAC,” is significant because it gives practical assurance to the American Jewish community that the national and local civic protective agencies recognize the absolute necessity for coordination of activities through an agency such as the National Community Relations Advisory Council.” The full text of the resolution reads:

“While it shall not be the responsibility of the NCRAC to undertake to indicate to any of the national agencies if and where they shall establish offices, in communities where local organizations are set up by the community itself to operate within the community in the field of community relations, the national agencies will not, without the approval and consent of such organization, undertake any activity which, in the opinion of the local organization, duplicates or conflicts with the local organization activities, or which such local organization opposes. If difficulties shall be submitted to the NCRAC for final determination.”

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