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August 21, 1964 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-08-21

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Washington Correspondent Exposes Anti-Semitism's Sophisticated Turn

BY MILTON FRIEDMAN

(Copyright, 1964, JTA, Inc.)

WASHINGTON —The national
election has caused wide interest
in the role of extremist right-wing
groups, transcending the special-
ized concern of Jewish groups.
Front-page controversies focused
general .attention on the accept-
ance or rejection by presidential
candidates and platforms of such
movements as the John Birch So-
ciety, Ku Klux Klan, and the
White Citizens Councils.
The daily press has been mainly
concerned with anti-Negro prej-
udice. Anti-Semitism, however,
still exists in the extreme right,
perhaps more dangerously than
ever because it has gone under-
ground.
A new line has begun to emerge
on the far right. The word "Jew"
is replaced by euphemisms. Jews
may be the "Eastern liberals,"
"Zionists," or even the "New York
integrationists." In one case, ref-
erences to the "Javits crowd"
seemed to get the point across.
Anti-Semitism is still around,
but it has taken a sophisticated
turn. Members of the John Birch
Society have angrily denied ex-
istence of anti-Semitism in their
society. "After all," a typical

Bar Assn. Fails
to Back Liberal
Immigration Bill

NEW YORK (JTA) — Although
two of its major sections urged re-
form of the United States Immigra-
tion and. Naturalization Act, to
eliminate the national origins
quota system, the American Bar
Association, holding its annual
meeting here, sidestepped such ac-
tion by ordering the tabling of a
resolution on the subject. The as-
sociation's ruling House of Dele-
gates adopted the tabling resolu-
tion by a vote of 123 to 7.
The two sections of the ABA
which backed immigration law re-
form were those dealing with in-
ternational law and with adminis-
trative law. Victor C. Folsom, of
Boston, and Harry N. Rosenfield,
of Washington, argued that Presi-
dents Eisenhower, Kennedy and
Johnson supported legislation for
the elimination of t h e national
origins quota system. Under that
system, northern European immi-
grants are favored, although the
northern European quotas are nev-
er filled, while immigration quotas
from southern and eastern Europe
are always oversubscribed,
Former Congressman Ed Gos-
sett, of Texas, opposed the resolu-
tion, demanding of the House of
Delegates: "Haven't we got enough
pipelines of poison into the Ameri-
can bloodstream now, as it is,
without letting in more?" Some of
the opponents of the resolution fa-
vored the present law, while others
thought the ABA should not deal
with the issue at all. The tabling
resolution which was adopted was
offered by Gov. Franklin Riter, of
Utah, who held that the issue was
"too remote" to require association
action.

Culture Foundation
Finances Research
in Mussar Movement

NEW YORK (JTA)—Dr. Irving
Greenberg, associate professor of
history at Yeshiva College, an
undergraduated school at Yeshiva
University, has been awarded a
$2,500 grant by the National
Foundation for Jewish Culture for
research into the practices and
thoughts of the Mussar movement.
Centered in Eastern Europe in
the 19th century, the Mussar move-
ment pertains to the ethics of
certain sects of Orthodox Jews
whose practices and thoughts are
remarkably similar to those of the
existentialists today. Dr. Green-
berg hopes to point up these simil-
arities in his research.

Birchite might say, "we are for
Barry Goldwater on his individ-
ual merit, not because or in
spite of his being half-Jewish."
Anyone supporting a "half-Jew-
ish" candidate, therefore, should
be above suspicion as to prej-
udice even though the same
Birchite opposes immigration re-
form, despises anti-defamation
activities, loathes civil rights,
and detests the State of Israel.
Jewish groups have fought the
Birch Society and other ultra-right
formations because such political
structures are the obvious breed-
ing ground for Fascism and anti-
Semitism. That is not to say that
the John Birch Society openly ad-
mits prejudice. Discrimination has
become sophisticated to the point
that "some of our best friends"
have become "some of our best
candidates."
When Jews combat the Birch
Society, • or the KKK, or White
Citizens Councils, they are really
fighting totalitarianism. Such
groups, by their secret character
and their tactics of conspiracy and
character assassination, deny the
basic principles on which the
American society is based.
The Senate Subcommittee on In-
ternal Security, like its counter-
part, the House Un-American Ac-
tivities Committee, has focused 99
per cent of its attention on Com-

munists and extremists of the left,
and it became disturbed about the
frequency of inquiries pertaining
to the absurd, out-dated, fabrica-
tion, the "Protocols of the Elders
of Zion."
The committee said it not only
received inquiries about the
"Protocols" from "sincere but
misguided people." It actually
was "even exhorte' to advert to
this 'document- as a gurce of 'n-
formation concern ' Commu-
nist machinations."
Although the "Protocols" have
been exposed time and again as a
viciously anti-Semitic hoax, the
committee realized that individuals
and groups in this country are still
eager to blame "inter national Jew-
ry" for all the world's problems.
At the request of committee
members Sen. Dodd, of Connecti-
cut, and Sen. Keating, of New
York, the Senate body issued a
new study again debunking the
"Protocols." The report quoted
from a number of previous ex-
poses.

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It was assumed that the sub-
committee will now mail out
copies of this new report to indi-
viduals or groups urging Con-
gressional action to save America
from the Jewish "conspiracy."
A psychiatric explanation of the
durability of the "Protocols" is that
anti-Semites do not really care if
anti-Jewish material is untrue. Any
myth is acceptable, as long as it
confirms to pre-existing emotional
conclusions.

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, August 21, . 1964 , 3

• • •

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