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Chaplains Attack Council for Judaism for “defamation” of U.S. Zionists

January 21, 1946
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A committee of Jewish chaplains today issued a statement here attacking the American Council for Judaism for “its defamatory statements impugning the patriotism of American Zionists.”

At a press conference, a spokesman for the chaplains said that the group had asked permission to present a brief statement before the annual conference of the Council being held here, but had been refused.

Major Edward T. Sandrow, chairman of the group, charged that the Council had pursued “a malicious policy of hate against American Zionists” and had stated that “Zionism fostered dual allegiance.” Major Sandrow cited Lessing J. Rosenwald’s testimony before the hearings of the Anglo-American inquiry committee at Washington as evidence of his charges.

Pointing out that 228 of the 305 Jewish chaplains attached to the U.S. armed forces have already identified themselves with the Zionist movement, the chaplains spokesman said that they were resentful of attacks on their patriotism. He called on the Council to desist from attacks on “thousands of Jews who believed in Zionism and who fought and died” to defend America.

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