WASHINGTON (Sep. 11)
Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D.N.Y.) attacked the “violent acts of Palestinian guerrillas” for the killings of the 11 Israeli Olympic athletes but opposed “any hasty retaliatory action” against Arab governments.
The Munich massacre, the only Black woman in Congress said in a statement received by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was “insane” and “dastardly” and “aimed at undermining prospects for peace in the Middle East.”
“We all join with the State of Israel and American Jewry in mourning the deaths of these eleven,” she said. However, the Brooklyn legislator who campaigned for the Presidency said according to the statement, that she did not believe these acts were “perpetrated by any responsible Arab government.” She added that “we must not lay the blame” for the Munich murders “at the doorsteps of all Arabs in our world community” any more than all white Americans could be blamed for the shooting of Gov. George Wallace.