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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Apologizes for Slur on Jews

The Daily Pennsylvanian, student newspaper at the University of Pennsylvania, reports that it has received an apology from Thomas J. Gibbons, Philadelphia Police Commissioner, for using the phrase “Jewish appearance” in a police flyer posted around the university after a stabbing in the area.

The apology was received after the student newspaper protested in an editorial that the use of such a term was not in the public interest and so nebulous that it might ever be applied to Abdel Nasser, President of the United Arab Republic.

The Police Commissioner said, in his reply: “Personally, and on behalf of the entire Police Department, will you please accept my humble apologies for the injudicious wording of our recent wanted circular.” He added that the wording was not that of the department but a “word-for-word” description given to police investigators by a presumed witness to the stabbing.

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