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Jewish Groups Protest to Johnson on Anti-negro Action in Alabama

The National Community Relations Advisory Council, coordinating agency for national and local Jewish organizations throughout the country, and seven of the NCRAC’s national affiliates protested today to President Johnson against the “outrageous and unwarranted actions of the Alabama State Police” which suppressed Negro marchers at Selma, Ala., demanding the right to register as voters.

The seven agencies that joined the NCRAC in the telegram to the President were the American Jewish Congress, Jewish Labor Committee, Jewish War Veterans, National Council of Jewish Women, Union of American Hebrew Congregations (Reform), Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and the United Synagogue of America (Conservative).

The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation League demanded, in a telegram from its national chairman, Dore Schary, that the Government invoke “federal power to insure the protection of Negro American citizens in Alabama.” The wire was sent to President Johnson and Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach.

Meanwhile, the Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative) announced that four of its member rabbis had left for Selma to participate in the march scheduled to be held there today.

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