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Jewish Committee Reports Change in Anti-semitic Tactics in U.S.

Organized anti-Semitism is changing its tactics radically, the American Jewish Committee said today in a report made public by Irving M. Engel, AJC president. The report is part of a continuing American Jewish Committee research project on the general subject of bigotry.

Named in the report as among those fomenting anti-Semitism through their publications are Conde McGinley of Union, N. J., publisher of the bi-weekly tabloid, “Common Sense”; Gerald L. K. Smith of Los Angeles, who publishes “The Cross and the Flag” and heads the Christian Nationalist Party, also known as the Christian Nationalist Crusade; and Frank L. Britton, also of Los Angeles, publisher of various slick paper anti-Semitic tracts.

“During the past decade, ultra-nationalist organizations have increased immeasurably and they now offer tempting opportunities for infiltration by anti-Semitic elements,” the report stated. “In setting out to cultivate these groups, the professional bigot plays his hand adroitly, exploiting the particular political issues which are currently the focus of concern in ultra-nationalist circles.”

Pointing out that today’s anti-Semites have learned “how to salt public debate with hate propaganda, ” the AJC report says that “ultra-nationalist” groups offer convenient platforms for this strategy. Extreme isolationism, opposition to foreign aid, unreasoning hostility to the United Nations, condemnation of both major political parties and agitation for “a realignment of political forces,” are among the themes falsely stressed by the ultra-nationalists, the report adds.

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