WASHINGTON (May. 8)
Many suspensions of government employees under the Federal security program "were animated by elements of anti-Semitism," Henry Edward Schultz, national chairman of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation League, declared today in a report on civil rights issues at the B’nai B’rith triennial convention here.
Mr. Schultz said that an "overriding concern" for national security in the last three years has posed "a strong challenge to our most cherished institutions and basic concepts of civil liberties." This, he stated, has "developed a situation which lent itself to political exploitation" and "produced a climate which gave sustenance to the political demagogue, the opportunist, the bigot and irresponsible elements subversive of our democratic society."
A nation-wide program to combat juvenile delinquency was also proposed at the convention. A recommendation was made for organized local participation by the 400,000 members of B’nai B’rith, working through their 1,750 lodges and chapters in the United States and Canada, in a 10-point "prevention and control" program of youth waywardness.