BOSTON (Jun. 17)
A statement of concern for Jewish community relations agencies during the coming year was adopted here today at the close of the 17th plenary session of the National Community Relations Advisory Council which was attended by 150 communal leaders from all parts of the country.
The statement reaffirms the commitment of the Jewish organizations to work for equal opportunity and full citizenship rights for all, regardless of race, religion or color. It urges vigorous action by the Justice Department to protect voting rights and other civil rights. It asks Congress to enact new legislation to help communities trying to end racial segregation, and ask for more laws in states and cities to protect equality in housing, education, and employment. It also urges liberalization of the national immigration policy, particularly replacement of the nation-origins quota system.
The statement denounces the Arab boycott of American business as international intimidation and demand that the United States government take effective steps against it. It expresses the conviction that peace in the Middle East depends upon the development of a plan for the economic and political development of the whole area, and urges that the U.S. Government take initiative in creating conditions for a just and stable peace in that region by guaranteeing all nations there against aggressive attack and supporting a comprehensive plan for economic development.
David L. Ullman, Philadelphia attorney and Jewish civic leader, was reelected chairman of the National Community Relations Advisory Council for a second term. All other officers also were reelected.