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Jewish Federation Council Endorses Right of Peaceful Dissent

The right of dissent–without violence on the part of the dissenters or law enforcement agencies–has been endorsed In a Statement of Concern adopted by the Jewish Federation-Council of Greater Los Angeles, it was announced by Bram Goldsmith, JFC president. While deploring campus violence which has resulted In student deaths and injury throughout the United States, Mr. Goldsmith said the JFC called for “an end to the use of unnecessary force or threats of force by either police or military personnel.” The resolution equally condemned violence by dissenters and reaffirmed JFC’s position in support of the right to engage in non-violent civil disobedience. However, the JFC said such disobedience should be “undertaken for the purpose of exposing injustice and provoking change through orderly political processes, and for which behavior the penalty imposed by law Is accepted.”