Mondale Hopes Jewish Community Will Support Him Even if He ‘holds Hands Up’ with Jackson at Democrat

Democratic Presidential hopeful Walter Mondale has indicated here that he expects support for his candidacy from the American Jewish community, even if, as one interviewer suggested, he “holds hands up with Jesse Jackson” at the end of the Democratic convention in San Francisco.

“Over the years, I have demonstrated sensitivity on issues of social justice and foreign policy of concern to Jews,” said Mondale, a former Vice President, in an interview with editors and reporters of the Washington Post published today. “I think I enjoy their trust.”

Mondale also denounced recent statements by Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam, as “poison” which “goes beyond the boundary of political rhetoric.” Farrakhan, a strong supporter of Jackson’s Democratic Presidential aspirations, last month acclaimed Hitler as a “very great man” and has also called for Blacks to ostracize Milton Coleman, the Washington Post reporter who disclosed Jackson’s remarks referring to Jews as “Hymies” and New York City as “Hymietown.”

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