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Convention of Orthodox Jews Supports Johnson’s Stand on Vietnam

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America went on record here today in support of President Johnson’s position on Vietnam. The action was taken by the organization’s national biennial convention.

The resolution stressed the determination of the U.S. Government to resist Communist aggression anywhere in the world and declared that “a true conception of American aspirations must also encompass a continuing quest for peace.” In presenting the resolution to delegates, Moses I. Feuerstein, who has served as the organization’s president for the last 12 years, voiced disagreement with leaders of other Jewish religious organizations who have taken a strong position against the war in Vietnam.

In his address, Feuerstein urged the United States to strengthen Israel’s security “in the face of the stepped-up arms race in the Middle East, the threatening attitude of the Arab states, and terrorist raids across the Israeli borders…”

A resolution on civil rights urged resistance against the “backlash” and continued efforts of Jews to erase bigotry “from their own business, professional, and personal lives and to support all endeavors to secure equal rights or special assistance for Negroes.”

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