Court Hears Jewish Congress Demand for Freedom to Picket Fair

Judge Birdie Amsterdam, of the New York State Supreme Court, reserved decision today on a motion by the American Jewish Congress, seeking a preliminary injunction to restrain Robert Moses, president of the New York World’s Fair, and the World’s Fair, from interfering on the Fair’s opening day with the organization’s plans to picket the Jordanian Pavilion for continuing to display a mural considered defamatory to the Jewish people and Israel.

He ward M. Squadron, chairman of the Congress Commission on Law and Social Action, presented arguments on a suit filed April 9 by Dr. Joachim Prinz, president of the AJC and 10 others. The aim of the suit is to obtain a permanent injunction, restraining Moses and Fair officials from arresting organization officials from exercising their constitutional rights of free speech.

The probability is that a decision will be handed down within the week, in view of the fact that the Fair will reopen April 21. Picketing efforts by Congress officials during the first Fair season, last year, led to arrests and subsequent dismissal of charges against the defendants.

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