NEW YORK (Oct. 31)
Rabbi Israel Miller predicted today that the mass protest demonstration against the Palestine Liberation Organization outside the United Nations next Monday would be “the greatest outpouring of Jewish community sentiment since the founding of the Jewish State.” Rabbi Miller, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which is sponsoring the rally, said there has been “unprecedented” cooperation on the part of the Conference’s 32 constituent organizations. He said the expected postponement of the General Assembly debate on the Palestine issue will not affect plans for the demonstration.
He reported that more than 300 volunteer marshals will Work with New York City police officials to keep the demonstration “both peaceful and dignified.” He said the marshals would be provided by the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S. and B’nai B’rith, B’nai B’rith is also making arrangements to feed and house out-of-town members who are coming to New York to participate in the demonstration.
Rabbi Miller said the American Trade Union Council for Histadrut and the Jewish Labor Committee, working together, have won wide support for the demonstration among the country’s top labor leaders. Thousands of trade union members will march in a body to the demonstration from a central point, Rabbi Miller stated.
NATIONWIDE PARTICIPATION REPORTED
He announced the formation of a “Concerned Labor Committee for America” to promote attendance at the rally and to serve afterwards as a continuing instrument of labor support for Israel’s cause “for the duration of the crisis.” Rabbi Miller reported that scores of Hadassah members were serving as volunteers making telephone calls to urge people to attend the rally. He said the American Jewish Congress has put its public relations department on full-time service to the Presidents Conference in making arrangements for press coverage. The AJ Congress is also chartering buses for members of its chapters and divisions to attend the demonstration.
Jewish community centers from as far as Pittsburgh and Cleveland are sending busloads of delegates, the Jewish Welfare Board reported today. The Jewish Community Centers Association in St. Louis plans to fly groups of teen-agers to New York for the event. The Board of Jewish Education is bringing an estimated 20,000 students from the metropolitan area to the rally.