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Labor Zionists Assail Attacks on Rabbis Wise and Magnes

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Protesting the charges against the late Rabbis Stephen S. Wise and Judah L. Magnes male recently at a hearing of the Un-American Activities Committee, Rabbi James G. Heller, president of the Labor Zionist Organization of America, speaking on behalf of the central committee of that organization, called upon President Eisenhower and “men of good will in the Congress of the United States” to take decisive action to curb the evil of “putting into the hands of unscrupulous and ambitious men the power of the Federal Government.”

Dr. Heller decried as “alarming symptoms” the employment of such methods as “trial by slander, the smearing of defenseless people and the tendency to regard everyone who opposes or speaks out against these methods as un-American.” He also charged that “the attempt to make the American people believe that church and synagogue have been niding-places for active agents of Communism or for fellow-travelers” not only contravenes the historic principle of the separation of church and state but “rests upon willful and dangerous falsehoods.”

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