NEW YORK (Jul. 9)
A State Supreme Court justice dismissed today two suits seeking removal of a controversial mural at the Jordan Pavilion at the World’s Fair.
Judge George Postel ruled against the suits, one brought by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith and the other by Robert Blaikie, a Democratic party leader who filed as an individual. Both suits contended that the mural was offensive to Jews and others.
Judge Postel held that neither the City of New York nor the World’s Fair Corporation had the right to approve or disapprove the mural. Agreeing that the mural was offensive, he expressed regret that the Jordan Pavilion officials had not removed it voluntarily.
In a related action, briefs were filed today in Queens Criminal Court in a hearing on charges of violation of World’s Fair anit-picketing regulations against 12 officials of the American Jewish Congress, who were arrested when they picketed the Jordan Pavilion. The court ordered oral hearings on the briefs on July 17.