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Young Israel President Says Lindsay Fails to Relieve Fear of Anti-semitic Outbreaks

The president of the National Council of Young Israel said today that his fears of further outbreaks of anti-Semitism in New York City had not been relieved by Mayor John Lindsay’s responses at a meeting on the issue here yesterday. But he felt there had been a gain in that the Mayor had been given a better understanding of the reasons for Jewish concern. The meeting, attended by lay members and Young Israel rabbis, was convened by the National Council, according to Nathan Saperstein, the president, to impress on the Mayor that “the Jewish community is worried.” The Mayor made a brief talk in which he denounced anti-Semitism and then answered questions from the religious leaders. One question was whether black militants would be able to fulfill their threats to take over real estate and businesses, many of which are owned by Jews, in ghetto areas. The Mayor replied that any person had the right to own business or real estate in the city. The Mayor also was asked what plans he had for “restoring the lost confidence” of the New York Jewish community. The Mayor replied that he did not think he had lost the confidence of New York Jewry but that if he had, he would try to gain it back.

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