NEW YORK (May. 13)
A front organization for notorious anti-Semite Gerald L.K.Smith has deluged Congressmen and Senators with a letter aimed at exacerbating the friendly relations between this country and Israel, the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith has charged. According to Arnol Forster, ADL’s general counsel, the “innocent-sounding letter is a covert means of aiding the Arab propaganda offensive in the United States.”
The group, Citizens Congressional Committee, first organized by Smith in 1953, asks in its letter whether the crisis in the Middle East could lead to this country’s involvement in a “third World War.” The Committee, declaring it is “very much concerned over developments in the Middle East,” asks the legislators to respond with their comments. Forster said Smith is expected to use the responses for his own anti-Semitic and anti-Israel ends.
He pointed out there is no indication from the letter itself that the Citizens Congressional Committee is a front for Smith or that its chairman, Roland L.Morgan, who signed the letter, is a nephew of Smith. Opan Tanner White, the only other name on the letter and listed as secretary of the CCC, is a long-time top associate of Smith, the ADL counsel said.
Smith’s hate periodical “The Cross and the Flag.” has reported that the CCC’s “activities are planned and executed by Gerald L.K.Smith. Director of the (Christian Nationalist) Crusade,” the League said. The only address listed on the Citizens Congressional Committee’s letter is a Los Angeles post office box number.