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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-09-02

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24 Friday, September 2, 1966
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Veteran Convention Backs Hill Vietnam Policies;
Public Displays of Swastika Condemned by Humphrey JWV to Present Flags on Labor Day



ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—Nearly
100 resolutions on subjects rang-
ing from Vietnam, the sale of fire-
arms, group libel legislation, civil
rights and aid-to-Israel were tac-
kled by the delegates to the 71st
annual national convention here.
Top priority among the resolu-
tions was the one supporting the
action of President Johnson in in-
creasing our military commitment
"while at the same time using
every conceivable channel to urge
a peaceful settlement through
across-the-table negotiations."
Another resolution urged the
enactment of group libel legisla-
tion by both federal and state
governments to "strengthen the
arsenal of legal weapons to deal
with the bigot and hatemonger
by making it a criminal offense
to promote malicious hatred of
any group of persons because of
race, color or religion."
A resolution on the sale of fire-
arms, pointing to recent discov-
eries of arsenals among hate
groups and to mass killings by
psychopaths urged support of pro-
posed legislation at all levels of
government. local, state and fed-
eral requiring stricter control of
the sale of firearms."
Another resolution urged the
government "to make available to
Israel the necessary military ma-
terials to counterbalance the flow
of Soviet built arms to Arab na-
tions."
JWV urged strong action with
the respect to the American Nazi
Party which included urging the
Attorney General of the United
States to recognize the subversive
nature of this group; and to add
. the name of the American Nazi
Party to the Attorney General's
list of subversive organizations.
The resolution urged enact-
ment of legislation to penalize
the display of swastikas and
other hateful slogans and to pro-
hibit the mailing of items such
as those sent by the American
Nazi Party. Another resolution
"urged that immediate steps be
taken to curb this American
Nazi by requiring his prompt
registration under the Foreign
Agents' Registration Act."
A JWV resolution "protests and
condemns the treatment of Jews
by the government of the USSR.
JWV resolved to do everything
possible" to impress upon authori-
ties of the West German govern ,
ment the need to encourage posi-
tive actions and programs towards
rooting out the vestiges of Hitler-
ism and encouraging the citizens
of West Germany to recognize the
threat of neo-Nazism."
Another resolution condemned
the program and ideology of the
John Birch Society and its "sub-
version of American democratic
principles equally as dangerous as
Communism itself." The resolu-
tions call on potential candidates
of _all parties to state unequivo-
cally their positions on the John
Birch Society as well as the Nazi
Party and the KKK. Other resolu-
tions include those on the Klu
Klux Klan, rioting, Veterans
benefits, fair employment.
Citing recent actions by the
American Nazi Party and the John
Birch Society to exploit domeStic
unrest in bids for power, Sen.

Jacob K. Javits, New York Repub-
lican, told the convention that both
the Democratic and Republican
parties should do more against in-
creasing right-wing extremism.
Malcolm A. Tarlov, of Nor-
walk, Conn., a World War H
Infantry NCO, was elected JWV
national commander.
The new commander vowed to
muster a major drive against a
"new wave of big o t r y that is
sweeping the country."
An insurance executive, Com-
mander Tarlov, 45, has been active
-in JWV and community affairs
since his discharge from the
Armed Forces in 1945. He served
with the invasion forces of Patton's
3rd Army.
Paul Ribner, 38, a Philadelphia
lawyer and former Air Force cap-
tain, was elected national judge
advocate, the second highest JWV
office. He is the first veteran of
the Korean War to achieve high
office in JWV, the nation's oldest
active war veterans organization.
Vice-President Hubert H. Hum-
phrey expressed concern about
increasing extremism and vio-
lence on the streets of the na-
tion, telling the JWV conven-
tion that he deplored that in
recent demonstrations "once
again the Nazi swastika" was
displayed in the United States.
He said forces of extremism
"must be watched carefully and
we must be very sure that they do
not become the p a t ter n of the
day." Humphrey referred at length
to problems in Southeast Asia,
Africa, Europe, Latin America but
avoided all reference to Israel and
the Middle East. He had been ex-
pected to comment on the Syrian-
Israeli situation.
The Vice president told the esti-
mated 2,500 delegates and guests
that he was "much impressed" by
the JWV stand on the Vietnam
war. He quoted with approval from
the JWV veto of a measure on
Vietnam dissent at the recent
plenary session of the National
Community Relations Advisory
Council in Washington. The JWV
awarded Humphrey its Gold Medal
of Honor.
Predicting that "the occasions
for disagreement and dissent
within the Jewish community
are likely to increase" as the
concept of social change broad-
ens, Aaron Goldman, chairman
of the National Community Re-
lations Advisory Council, told
the convention that Jews should
strongly support the right to
dissent. Goldman's remarks
were obviously in response to
the JWV veto of a resolution
supporting dissent in connection
with Vietnam, at the recent

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He pointed out that dissent
must be preserved both in the
nation generally and in the Jewish
community, including the NCRAC
which reflects the views of diverse
organizations. He said that "free-
dom is only as secure as the free-
dom of the dissenter to express
his dissenting opinion, however
unpopular or obnoxious it may
be."

to New Jewish Home for the Aged

In ceremonies to take place 2
p.m. Monday, members of Detroit
Post 135 of the Jewish War Vet-
erans will present a set of flags
to the residents of the newly open-
ed Borman Hall of the Jewish
Home for the Aged.
Morris Simon, commander of the
post, announced that arangements
for the presentation were made on
behalf of the post by Harry T.
Madison and Ben Shiffman. Madi-
son is a past national commander
of JWV, and Shiffman is a veteran
of the Spanish-American War.
They will be joined in the presen-
tation by Lawrence Gubow, who
is the present fifth regional com-
mander of JWV.
For exterior display, the insti-
tution will be given a flag that
has flown aver the Capitol Build-
ing in Washington, and an indoor
flag for use in the chapel also will

be presented.
As an adjunct –to the official
ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Harry T.
Madison will present an Israeli
flag to the home.
An invitation to attend these
ceremonies has been extended to
all veterans, to members of all
JWV posts and auxiliaries and the
public.

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number of issues, but ,indicated
that he did not share the JWV
philosophy on dissent as expressed
by the veto invoked at the Wash-
ington plenary meeting.
At an earlier session, strong op-
position emerged at the convention
to a resolution "that the Jewish
War Veterans endorses the action
of President Johnson in increasing
our military commitment in Viet
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Past National Commander Mor
ton London,- of West New York,
N.J., termed the resolution an ex-
ample of "sophistry" and unsuc-
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cessfully sought a substitute that
would have called for the limiting
of escalation.
The controversy was the first
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plete identification with the ad-
ministration's Vietnam policy. The
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resolution was finally adopted but
with a number of dissenting votes
and demands that the official
record be made to read that adop-
v.
tion was "not unanimous."
President Johnson sent two
messages to the convention. In
one he commended The JWV for
backing the administration's
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Vietnam position. He noted the
action of the JWV at the NCRAC
plenary. In his second message
he commended the patriotism of
Jewish veterans and said "You
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giving so greatly of themselves."
- Milton A. Waldor, the retiring
JWV national commander, de-
nounced SNCC leader Stokey, Car-
michael for using resistance to
military service in Vietnam as a
weapon in the civil rights struggle.
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"Such a statement amounts to
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All other member groups of the
NCRAC approved the proposed
resolution which voiced concern
that the right of dissent in the
United States was being dimin-
ished because of United States
participation in the Vietnam strug-
gle. The JWV opposed the resolu-
tion as inaccurate and unjustified.
Goldman stressed that "this na-
tion was founded by dissenters,"
and said: "Let us always remem-
ber that Jews — as a minority —
have been dissenters from the pre-
vailing forms and practices of
many societies."

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