WASHINGTON (May. 21)
An article by Milton Friedman, chief of the Washington Bureau of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, reporting Southerners angered by the new self-styled “Confederate Underground” that bombs synagogues, was inserted today in the Congressional Record by Rep. Frank E. Smith, Mississippi Democrat.
Rep. Smith called the attention of Congress to the article. He expressed hope it would “clarify any misconceptions about anti-Semitism in the South. ” He inserted the article in the Congressional Record together with an editorial based on it that appeared in the Memphis Commercial Appeal. The editorial was entitled “No Part of South, ” indicating that anti-Semitism had no place in the South.
Rep. Leonard Farbstein, New York Democrat, called the Friedman report “gratifying in that it makes known how decent people throughout the South have denounced anti-Semitism. ” He told the House that this evidence of Southern indignation over the synagogue attacks was “encouraging to all throughout the nation, regardless of region, who cherish human rights and the American tradition.”