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B’nai B’rith International Council Holds Plenary Session in London

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Efforts by the B’nai B’rith in Britain for British Jewish unity is gaining acceptance, and the movement here has members who belong to all secular and religious groups, Jack Morrison, president of the British B’nai B’rith, reported here today. He spoke at a meeting of the seventh plenary session of the order’s International Council.

Dr. William A. Wexler, of Atlanta, B’nai B’rith president, told the council meeting that there were many problem areas for Jews in the world, citing South America, South Africa and Austria. He said that, even in the United States, “we have a George Rockwell and similar phenomena, and the virus of anti-Semitism is being spread over there.” He also referred to the situation of Soviet Jewry as additional evidence of his thesis that “we have no right to be complacent.”

Dr. Wexler noted that B’nai B’rith was now sponsoring 259 Hillel Foundations throughout the world, including Israel, and added that much more could have been done if the means were available. He said it was his duty as president “to demand more sacrifices” from the movement for the Hillel Foundations program.

Dr. Wexler was honored today at a luncheon at the House of Commons. The event was attended by Dr. Horace King, Speaker of the House, and members of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Sir Myer Galpern, a Member of Parliament, served as host for the occasion.

Dr. Nahum Goldmann told the meeting that it appeared certain there would not be a second delay in payments by West Germany of compensation to certain victims of Nazism, and that the West German promise that the first delay was an isolated action would be kept. He said that a considerable amount of money was still due from West Germany in compensation to individuals.

Dr. Goldmann was introduced by Philip M. Klutznick, former B’nai B’rith president, who said “there are guests here from several organizations but we are all one except in names.” Guests were present from the World Jewish Congress, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Agency and the South African Board of Deputies.

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