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B’rith Abraham Protests Black Anti-semitism in School Controversy

B’rith Abraham, a national Jewish fraternal order, protested today what it called “the anti-Semitic remarks by black agitators who use the schools and colleges as their forum for dissemination of hate.” The protest was contained in a letter to Mayor John V. Lindsay deploring “the increased evidence of racism and anti-Semitism promoted by extremists and purveyors of hate, both black and white, over the school decentralization program.” The letter was signed by Louis G. Baurer, Grand Master, Joseph R. Apfel, chairman of the Jewish rights committee, and Aaron Gold, Grand Secretary of B’rith Abraham. It said that the organization favored decentralization of the school system but it “should not be used as a means of displacing teachers of ability and tenure who are white and Jewish.” The letter called on the mayor, the Board of Education and the teachers union to honor prior agreements so that New York City’s schools may be reopened.