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‘new Politics’ Convention Modifies Its Indictment of Israel

September 6, 1967
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Negro militants who dominated the National Convention on New Politics, which closed here today, insisted on retention of a resolution condemning Israel for the Six-Day War in June but agreed to modification of the language.

The resolution was jammed through the convention over the objections of white liberals who had sought to avoid placing all blame for the war on Israel. The Black Caucus, however, refused to drop the anti-Israel resolution it had put through the convention last Friday, which reflected the Black Power position on Israel. It agreed, however, to change the wording so that the condemnation applied to “the Israeli Government” as the “aggressor” instead of terming the hostilities an “imperialist Zionist war.”

Some of the white liberals here said the change was significant because it indicated that Negro militants were not opposed to a measure of compromise in their opposition to Israel and Zionism.

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