JOHANNESBURG (Nov. 4)
The Republic of South Africa “would do much better if the outside world leave it alone to tackle its own problems, ” Dr. Teddy Schneider, chairman of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, said today in reference to the current United Nations debate on South African racial policies. Israel had opposed South Africa’s apartheid policies at the UN this week.
As far as South African Jewry was concerned, Dr. Schneider stated: “We are a permanent part of the South African population. We will do all that we can to assist South Africa to progress, and to further South Africa’s cause both inside and outside the country. ” He spoke at the Board’s monthly meeting.
He cited resolutions adopted at a recent Board of Deputies Congress which, while urging every Jewish citizen to make his individual contribution toward the promotion of racial understanding and cooperation, also stressed that Jews played their parts in South African politics as citizens and as members of whatever political parties they chose to join. The resolutions also emphasized that there was no collective Jewish attitude on political issues.