NEW YORK (May. 24)
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, representative agency of national Jewish religious and secular bodies in the U.S. today welcomed President Johnson’s declaration on the Middle East crisis and voiced its “support of any steps by our Government that may be necessary to resist acts of war against Israel, to protect Israel’s national sovereignty and to preserve peace in the Middle East.”
The statement was issued at a news conference at which the Jewish group announced plans for a giant “solidarity with Israel” rally Sunday afternoon to climax a “Salute to Israel” parade scheduled to march up Riverside Drive in Manhattan.
Mrs. Mortimer Jacobson, national president of Hadassah, similarly expressed “deep gratification” today with President Johnson’s declaration on the Middle East crisis. She voiced the hope that “the Arab countries will heed President Johnson’s appeal to reason and act at once to prevent a conflict in the Middle East which would undermine world peace.”
The national rabbinic agencies associated in the Synagogue Council of America have called on their synagogues throughout the country to designate the Sabbath of May 27, a national Day of Prayer for the peace and safety of Israel. The Synagogue Council is the national coordinating agency for the rabbinic and congregational bodies of Conservative, Orthodox and Reform Judaism.
Rabbi Seymour J. Cohen of Chicago, SCA president, commended President Johnson for his “firm and timely statement” warning Egypt against its illegal and potentially disastrous blockade of Israeli shipping in the Gulf of Akaba.