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Coalition of 34 Major Jewish Groups in the Chicago Area Demand That South Africa End System of Apart

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A strongly worded resolution deploring apartheid and demanding that the South African government treat all its citizens equally was adopted by the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) of the Jewish United Fund of Chicago, a coalition of 34 major Jewish organizations in the Chicago area. “The use of racial laws to deny basic human dignity to non-white populations (of South Africa) is repugnant to us as Jews and as Americans and is incompatible with our commitment to equality without regard to race, religion or nationality,” the resolution stated.

Calling on South Africa to eliminate the apartheid system, the resolution declared: “We deplore the denials of human dignity, the racial discrimination, the harassments and violations of workers’ rights, the denationalizations, and the preventive detention laws by which individuals are jailed without charges or trials, which are characteristic of the apartheid system.”

The PAC urged President Reagan to “exert firm pressure on the South African government to abandon its official policy of racial discrimination.” It also called on the American public to oppose apartheid and discourage investments of American companies in South Africa.

“The PAC calls upon American companies in South Africa to eliminate discrimination in all business practices. The PAC joins in the mounting protest of concerned American citizens against this practice of legal separation on the basis of race and color,” the resolution stated.

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