NEW YORK (Apr. 14)
The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith has condemned the United States government for a half-million-dollar grant to an organization it charges is headed by “a professional anti-Semite” who is seeking to establish an anti-Semitic mercenary army. ADL general counsel Arnold Forster made that charge today in reference to the so-called Blackman’s Volunteer Army of Liberation, headed by Col. Hassan Jeru-Ahmed, 47, director of the Blackman’s Development Center in Washington. Forster told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that Jeru-Ahmed had a background of “racism, bigotry and anti-Semitism,” and that it was “totally inappropriate” for him to be given federal funds–$523,000– for his narcotics-rehabilitation program in Washington and in Spotsylvania County, Va.
The ADL’s fact-finding director, Justin Finger. added that Jeru-Ahmed has been “involved with known anti-Semites and racists,” such as Willis Carto, head of the right-wing Liberty Lobby. Finger said the ADL has protested the grant to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Jeru-Ahmed, who calls himself the head of the “Provisional Government of the United Moorish Republic,” also gets $169,000 from the Narcotics Treatment Administration, also for work with drug addicts. Last year it received $23,000 from the Department of Human Resources, and last month $25,000 from the Teamsters’ Alliance for Labor Action. The organization’s total income last year was $193,343; after expenditures, it had $1,500. The Blackman’s Volunteer Army of Liberation is run in para-military style, with members wearing uniforms and participating in drills. Jeru-Ahmed’s right-hand man, a Maj. Jamal, was sentenced earlier this year to 30 days for carrying a concealed pistol in Washington while distributing leaflets.