Leader of Pro-arab Group Attacks U.S. Zionists at Council for Judaism Parley
Menu JTA Search

Leader of Pro-arab Group Attacks U.S. Zionists at Council for Judaism Parley

Download PDF for this date

The charge that Zionists in the United States are making an effort “to segregate Jews from the current of American culture” and to instill in their minds a sense of “belonging spiritually elsewhere” was made today by Dr. Wirginia C. Gildersleeve, leader of a pro-Arab group in this country and former dean of Barnard College, addressing a meeting of the American Council for Judaism at the Henry Hudson Hotel.

Miss Gildersleeve also complained that “the greatest poets in our literature have been attacked as ‘anti-Semitic’ because they have sometimes treated legends common at their time.” She cited the fact that “The Frioress’ Tale” was “left out of a new modern-English Chaucer,” and that “it has been proposed that ‘The Merchant of Venice’ be omitted from school reading lists.” She also objected to the fact that “pickets have marched before movie houses to prevent the showing of a screen version of Dickams’ “Oliver Twist.”

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund