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  • Black Leader Reads Reparations Demand at Synagogue on Yom Kippur

    The Black United Front, a militant Negro organization which is demanding reparations in cash from the religious community, sent representatives to read a policy statement on the steps of Washington’s B’nai Israel Synagogue Sunday calling on “the Jewish church to shake off the shackles of white racism and capitalist exploitation that have strangled its Christian… More ▸

  • Aj Congress Files Brief with Supreme Court Opposing Death Penalty on Rape

    The American Jewish Congress filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the United States Supreme Court yesterday arguing that it was unconstitutional to impose the death penalty in a case of rape without homicide. The brief, prepared by the AJ Congress’ special counsel, Leo Pfeffer, had the concurrence of the Synagogue Council of America, the representative body… More ▸

  • Wreaths Placed Near Iraqi Mission to Protest Hanging of Alleged Spies

    Wreaths were placed on the sidewalk in front of the Iraqi Mission to the United Nations here last week by 18 nationally prominent persons protesting the hangings in Iraq of alleged spies for Israel and the United States. The group included Roman Catholic and Protestant clergymen, Negro civil rights leaders, educators and figures from the… More ▸

  • U.S. Civil Rights Commission Staff Member Quits, Calls It ‘Jewish-dominated’

    Domingo Reyes, a staff member of the United States Civil Rights Commission, resigned last weekend from the Commission saying "the Jewish-dominated Commission is black-oriented to the almost total exclusion of the Chicano (Mexican-American) and the American Indian." Mr. Reyes said he had been harassed by the Commission and deprived of his civil rights. He had… More ▸

  • Naacp Raps Nixon’s Failure to Nominate Jew to Fill Supreme Court Vacancies

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said today that its opposition to the appointment of Federal Judge Clement F. Haynesworth, Jr. to the United States Supreme Court was based in part on President Nixon’s apparent break with the tradition of naming at least one American Jew to the highest court in the… More ▸

  • Sammy Davis Jr. and Musicians Arrive in Israel to Entertain Soldiers

    Sammy Davis Jr., the popular American Negro entertainer, arrived here with a group of musicians last night to perform for Israeli soldiers in Army camps and military hospitals. Mr. Davis, who converted to Judaism some years ago, was to give a concert at the Mann Auditorium here today for the benefit of disabled Israeli soldiers. More ▸

  • Farband Calls on Communal Bodies to Seek Jewish Studies Programs in Major Universities

    Farband, the Labor Zionist Order, said today that demands of Black and Spanish-speaking students for cultural recognition branded the melting pot theory as “false and bankrupt,” It called on central Jewish communal bodies to seek establishment of programs of Jewish studies in every major university in this country “dealing as much as possible with the… More ▸

  • Bill Sent to Nixon, District of Columbia May Get Its First Jewish Historical Museum

    A bill passed by the Senate and sent to President Nixon for his signature yesterday may result in the establishment of the first Jewish historical museum in the District of Columbia. The measure authorizes the District government to lease a former synagogue, now designated as a national landmark, to the Jewish Historical Society of Greater… More ▸