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No Action Taken on Policy Statement

The JTA learned today that the B’nai B’rith board of governors meeting here took no policy action on the right of its professional staff members to disagree publicly with B’nai B’rith policy on controversial issues. Lawrence Peirez, chairman of the B’nai B’rith personnel policy committee, said that a “clarifying resolution” was being “routinely formulated” along with other personnel matters for future consideration by the board. A statement on B’nai B’rith official stationery was mailed out last month to various newspapers, including the JTA, which claimed that the organization had urged disciplinary action against any professional staff member who took a public stand in opposition to any lodge policy. B’nai B’rith issued a disclaimer and termed the statement “fraudulent.”