NEW YORK (May. 24)
A New York lodge of B’nai B’rith accused Negro civil rights organizations today of “anti-Semitic prejudice” in their denunciations of Jewish teachers and supervisors in Brooklyn and Queens elementary and junior high schools. A CORE spokesman denied the charge.
The Schoolmen’s Lodge declared, in a letter to Board of Education President Giardano and Superintendent of Schools Bernard Donovan, that they should act to “halt the growing instance of attacks against Jewish teachers and supervisors,” CORE and other organizations are trying to have principals and teachers in four schools in the two Boroughs transferred.
Louis Samet, lodge president, said in the letter: “We have documented evidence which indicates that the charges made against the teachers and supervisors of those schools are without foundation and are based on anti-white and anti-Semitic prejudice,” The letter said that the civil rights groups were making “unfounded charges of incompetence, followed by picketing, boycotts, anti-Semitic statements and threats of violence against teachers, principals and district superintendents.”