3,000 Panthers’ at Peaceful Rally Against Poverty

About 3,000 “Black Panthers” from all over Israel participated in an orderly demonstration here last night. Two hours of speeches, slogans and marching was followed by the singing of “Hatikvan.” The speakers emphasized the need for quicker governmental action on the roots of Israeli poverty. Yesterday, for the first time, a poster depicting a clenched-fist salute was displayed; heretofore, there had been no identification by the Panthers, except in name, with the black militant organization in the United States. Asked about the poster, Panther leader Kochavi Shemesh explained: “We copied it from the Jewish Defense League,” which also uses a clenched-fist insignia.

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