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Democrats Urged to Adopt Planks on Support for Israel, Non-public Schools

Sen. Joseph S. Clark, Pennsylvania Democrat, said yesterday that the Democratic Party platform should include a plank expressing “resolute support of Israel’s independence.” Until “an effective arms control and disarmament pact for the Middle East” is negotiated, the Senator said, a Democratic platform must “particularly” call for “the sale to Israel of modern weapons needed to deter Arab aggression.” He spoke before a regional platform hearing for delegates in Philadelphia.

The Democratic Party platform committee was urged yesterday to adopt a firm plank calling for equal treatment of children attending non-public schools. Rabbi Moshe Sherer, executive president of Agudath Israel of America, at a hearing of the platform committee, urged the party to incorporate into the platform recognition of non-public schools as equal partners in American education and a demand that non-public school representatives participate in all planning processes of Federal and state education aid.