NEW YORK (Apr. 5)
The announced plan of the Jewish Committee of Concern to follow and harass Egyptian diplomats in New York was condemned by the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council. A statement issued by the NJCRAC said:
“Properly accredited diplomats present in the United States in the service of their governments are due and must be accorded fullest protection of their persons and their civil rights. Whoever assaults or invades those rights must be dealt with rigorously and in accordance with applicable law.
“After thirty years of ardent pursuit of peace between Israel and her Arab neighbors, American Jews welcome the recently initiated discourse between Israel and Egypt. While the differences between these two countries remain, they now are differences between adversaries committed to search for solutions by means other than war. All Jews as well as all Americans truly concerned for peace will refrain from any action that implies a reliance on harassment and violence rather than on direct negotiations as the means for its achievement.”
The Jewish Committee of Concern said it planned to harass the Egyptians in order to disrupt American-Egyptian relations.