NEW YORK (May. 25)
The executive editor of the Daily World, the official organ of the Communist Party U.S.A., today branded as “a forgery from beginning to end” a “special issue” of the paper condemning Soviet anti-Semitism. The editor, Simon Gerson, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the two-page “issue” was “something filthy” and that “there isn’t the slightest veracity in the whole thing.” Rabbi Meir Kahane, chairman of the Jewish Defense League, which brought the “special issue” to the attention of the press, admitted to the JTA that it was a forgery. “Of course it is,” he said, adding that the JDL was willing to use “all sorts of possible gimmicks” to publicize the plight of Soviet Jewry. Rabbi Kahane said the intent of the forged Daily World was to cause a split in American Communism on the question of Soviet Jewry, with the resultant rift generating publicity about Soviet Jews.