SAN FRANCISCO (Jul. 16)
The Democratic National Committee is scheduled to vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism on the American political scene when it convenes here Friday, one day after the national convention ends, it was announced today by the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center.
The resolution reads, “The Democratic Party takes this opportunity to reaffirm its adherence to pluralistic principles and to repudiate and completely disassociate itself from people who promote all forms of hatred, bigotry, racism and anti-Semitism.”
It was drafted by Commissioner Timothy Hagan of Cleveland, co-chairman of the Ohio Mondale campaing, and Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. It was endorsed yesterday by Presidential candidate Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado, and approved by high officials of the Mondale campaign, including Mondale General Counsel David Ifshin, the Center reported.
In a related development, the Wiesenthal Center has contacted all state and territory delegate heads to urge them to endorse the resolution in advance of the Friday vote.
“At a time when the nation’s attention is fully focused on San Francisco, this resolution gives Democrats representing the full spectrum of American society the opportunity to firmly reject the cancer of anti-Semitic hate which was unfortunately injected into the campaign,” Hier said.
He added, “we are particularly pleased that this resolution is being promoted by Commissioner Hagan and other prominent non-Jewish leaders of the party, for they fully realize that the acceptance of hate and prejudice in this campaign can only seriously damage the body politic of American and threaten the fabric of our society.”