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Rabbinical Council Asks Congress for Legislation Outlawing Bias

The Rabbinical Council of America concluded its 25th annual convention today with the adoption of a number of resolutions on Jewish life in America and on international affairs affecting Israel. The Orthodox rabbinical group also announced that it will hold a conference in Israel next July “on the occasion of the 13th anniversary of Israel’s establishment.”

The convention called on the United States Congress and President Kennedy to adopt legislation “banning the use of the mails for the propagation of racial and religious hate literature.” The rabbinical body also urged the legislatures of the various states “to out-law discrimination because of race, creed, or color, in the sale, rental and occupancy of private realty.” It called simultaneously upon Congress to enact “a strong civil rights program during the current session.” The resolution also advocated liberalization of American immigration statutes “so that our country may again become a haven of refuge for the victims of all varieties of totalitarianism.”

Other resolutions adopted by the convention appealed to the Soviet Government to “grant full and complete religious liberty and unrestricted cultural freedom to its 3, 000, 000 Jewish citizens,” and denounced the action of the United Arab Republic in, interfering with the passage of Israeli cargoes through the Suez Canal. The organization called upon the United Nations to adopt drastic measures to terminate the illegal seizures and searches.

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