WASHINGTON (Oct. 10)
The Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, umbrella group for 171 organizations in the District of Columbia and nearby Virginia and Maryland, is asking that, “every Jewish organization undertake an immediate program of action” to aid Syrian Jewry.
In an “action alert” in circulation today, the Council said that “the condition of Syrian Jewry is critical and worsening.” It outlined a five-point program to its groups that called for alerting the membership to the problem through meetings, discussion, distribution of fact sheets, and writing to Syrian officials in the United States to protest. the treatment of the 4500 Syrian Jews remaining in their country.
“Write American officials to seek intervention of the American government on behalf of Syrian Jews and to communicate with neighboring religious. professional and service and human rights organizations to enlist their aid,” the group urged.