WASHINGTON (Sep. 25)
A leading American Jewish civil rights worker said today that Jews were reducing their contributions to such “nihilistic causes” as that espoused by H. Rap Brown, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, but he pointed out that the anti-Semitic positions taken by SNCC reflected the extreme left wing position assumed by that group.
Dore Schary, Chairman of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, said in a press conference here today that he did not see the American Negro community as anti-Semitic. He characterized Negroes as less prejudiced against Jews than were white non-Jews.
Urging continuation of programs to implement equal rights for Negroes, he stressed that Negroes had the right to provide their own leadership. He asked, however, that they “at least not shove us away” in striving to combat prejudice and perfect the American society.
Mr. Schary criticized the United States Government for failing to release the Douglas Skyhawk jet bombers purchased by Israel last year and said the United States had “an obligation to support that one island of democracy in the Middle East.” He disclosed that the ADL had asked the State Department and the Red Cross to investigate the treatment of Jews in Moslem and Communist countries. He said their plight had worsened since the Arab-Israeli war last June.