PARIS (Mar. 25)
The Tunisian League for the Rights of Man elected Serge Edda, a 42-year-old Jewish businessman of Tunis, to its executive committee at the organization’s annual general conference yesterday, the Tunisian news agency, Tunis Arab Press (TAP) reported.
Edda was confirmed by an overwhelming majority of the 300 delegates who flatly rejected the protest by one of their number that he was “fundamentally opposed to the election of a Jew because all Jews are by definition Zionists.”
According to the news agency report, the conference president interrupted the proceedings to propose a resolution condemning all forms of discrimination “whether racial or religious.” This, by implication was a repudiation of the anti-Jewish statements made in the course of what was described as a stormy debate.
A large number of delegates asked that the delegate who made the anti-Semitic statements be barred from the organization, TAP said. But its report did not name the delegate or say whether he was indeed ousted from the League.
The League of Human Rights was established in Tunisia in 1977. Its executive committee has since been enlarged to include representatives of most major political parties and organizations in the country.
The first sentence on page 4 column 1 in the March 25 Bulletin should have read: It isn’t that Israelis have become indifferent or callous to the events around them, just that they are developing ways to inure themselves against events which were thrust upon them and over which they have no control.