Dnc Leader Urges End to PLO Talks

Democratic National Committee Chairman Ron Brown called on the Bush administration Thursday to suspend its talks with the Palestine Liberation Organization.

“This administration must suspend negotiations with the PLO until it lives up to its commitments, and it must do so right now,” Brown told the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, accepting its Civil Rights Achievement Award.

Brown’s speech at ADL’s 77th annual national commission meeting here focused on racism and anti-Semitism in domestic politics. He lashed into the Republican Party as he denounced David Duke, the white supremacist Louisiana state representative who is running for a U.S. Senate seat.

But he also had harsh words for anti-Semitism within his own party. He pointed out that when Rep. Gus Savage (D-Ill.) recently “resorted to blatantly anti-Semitic campaign tactics, I immediately condemned him. As I said at the time, I deplore this type of campaigning. I did not and do not support his candidacy for office.”

Brown said blacks and Jews must work to maintain their alliance from the days of the civil rights movement. “We cannot let the bond disappear,” he said.

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