NEW YORK (Apr. 25)
The American Jewish Congress will distribute handbills in front of the Jordanian Pavilion at the World’s Fair tomorrow to protest the display of a mural which the Jewish group has charged defames Israel and the Jewish people.
The handbill distribution will take place under the terms of a court order agreed upon by the Congress and Fair officials last week. The agreement was signed following a hearing before Judge Birdie Amsterdam in New York State Supreme Court on a suit brought by Dr. Joachim Prinz, president of the Congress, and 10 others. The suit sought to enjoin World’s Fair president Robert Moses and officials of the Fair from interfering with the Congress in exercising its constitutional right of free speech.
The American-Israel pavilion at the World’s Fair added to its exhibits a Torah scroll obtained as aloan from former President Harry S. Truman who was presented with the Torah by the first President of Israel, the late Dr. Chaim Weizmann. Another addition is a copy of the White House announcement of May 14, 1948, recognizing the State of Israel. This copy was signed by Mr. Truman for the pavilion and is the only signed document of U. S. recognition of Israel’s statehood.