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U. A. H. C. Appeals to Ecumenical Council to Act on Anti-semitism

The Union of American Hebrew Congregations, in a statement today, praised the Ecumenical Council for its consideration of a declaration against anti-Semitism and expressed the hope that such a document would be acted upon on “theological and not political” grounds.

The central body of Reform Judaism said in its statement that “surely no Arab could object to a statement condemning anti-Semitism.” It pointed out that the Arabs were the first to continually admit that “they, too, are Semites. Repeatedly, they tried to make a distinction between their opposition to the State of Israel and their feeling about Jews, who may live outside the State of Israel. Their distinction, however, has never been valid, since they have constantly discriminated against non-Israel Jews.”