WASHINGTON (Oct. 22)
Officials of the Post Office and Justice Departments met today to discuss the widespread mailing of anti-Semitic material in relation to recent bombings.
The meeting took place at the Justice Department. Participants included Assistant Attorney General Malcolm Anderson in charge of the criminal division and Herbert B. Warburton, general counsel of the Post Office Department, and staff members.
The Washington Post, one of the nation’s foremost independent newspapers, today declared that a recent editorial in the Richmond (Va.) News Leader “had the effect of a naked appeal” to anti-Semitism. The Washington paper said that “not long ago the Richmond News Leader warned that the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith was inviting anti-Semitism by involving itself in the local desegregation controversy. This had the effect of a naked appeal to what the newspaper deplored.”
“There was a local manifestation in the similar comment by the ‘Defenders of State Sovereignty’ after a critical sermon by an Alexandria rabbi,” the Post editorial said. It stressed that “It is altogether legitimate for the community to inquire whether those who make use of extremists techniques on one or another facet of public policy do not abet the sort of extremism that blows up churches.”