NY Human Rights Commission Probes Charges Against CORE
NEW YORK (JTA) — William
H. Booth, chairman of the City
Commission on Human Rights, de-
signated two members of the com-
mission to probe charges of "bla-
tant and vicious anti-Semitic out-
bursts and racist behavior," by
members of CORE—the Congress
of Racial Equality — directed
against principals and teachers in
four public schools in predominant-
ly Negro neighborhoods.
Booth appointed Commissioners
Dorothy Hart Hirshon and Frank
C. Montero to investigate the
charges. Declaring that they would,
at the same time, try to bring
"the parties together in an at-
mosphere of understanding and
frank discussion," he expressed
the hope that the commissioners
would also be able to resolve the
issue raised by CORE representa-
tives, "who seek equality of edu-
cation for their children." The
charges were filed by the Anti-
Defamation League of Bnai Brith.
According to the ADL, CORE
members had harassed princi-
pals and teachers, subjecting
them to anti-Semitic epithets at
three schools in Brooklyn and
one in Queens. The ADL sub-
mitted documents backing its
charges and specifically pointing
to persons connected with CORE
chapters in those two New York
In one instance, the ADL charg-
ed, at a meeting with school offi-
cials, a CORE representative in
Brooklyn had stated: "We've got
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of Jews in Arab Lands
to get these Jews out of Bedford-
Stuyvesant. It's the Jews who are
to blame." Bedford-Stuyvesant is
largely a Negro ghetto in Brooklyn.
During a demonstration by 40
CORE members in Queens, the
ADL alleged, demonstrators shout-
ed: "Why don't you white Jews
go back to Great Neck?"
CORE has charged that princi-
pals and teachers lack "sincere
interest" in educational equality
for Negroes and Puerto Ricans.
Robert Carson, community rela-
tions director of CORE in Brook-
lyn, said "we welcome an official
At one of the schools, in the
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Brownsville section of Brooklyn,
CORE accused the principal and
nine teachers of "physical abuse"
of pupils. But Harry R. Levine,
principal of another of the schools
involved, in Bedford-Stuyvesant,
said he was "fearful of my life"
after groups had petitioned the
board of education for his re-
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ish Friendship Committee re-
ported here Wednesday that 159
primary school textbooks have
been revised to eliminate refer-
ences offensive to Jews. Some of
the phrases eliminated from the
texts referred to Jews as "usurer,"
"national spendthrift," "ungrate-
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Officials of the committee said
the campaign against "false" in-
terpretations of Jews would be
continued in the interests of great-
er harmony between Catholic
Spain's various religious groups.
There are about 6,000 Jews in
Spain and a slightly larger num-
ber of Protestants. Spanish non-
Catholic religions recently were
given freedom to worship under
a new religious law.
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JERUSALEM—Israel raised the
issue of the plight of Jews in Arab
countries in the aftermath of the
June war, particularly in Egypt
and Iraq, with Nils Goran Gussing,
United Nations Secretary General
U Thant's special representative
for humanitarian affairs, at a meet-
ing here Monday. Yosef Tekoah,
the assistant director general of
Israel's foreign ministry, discuss-
ed the problem with the UN offi-
Deep concern over the fate of
the Jews in the Moslem coun-
tries was expressed Monday
night at a meeting of the secur-
ity and foreign affairs committee
of parliament after motions were
made to place the issue on the
parliamentary agenda by mem-
bers of the Mapai-Ahdut Avoda
alignment and by Gabel.
Estimates of the number of
Jews now under some form of de-
tention in Arab countries range up
to 6,000, with 4,000 still in Egypt.
Hundreds of Jewish men are in
Egyptian detention camps, and
their families live in fear of their
lives.. In Iraq, according to infor-
mation known here, searches and
detentions continue indiscriminate-
ly. Some Jews are being held
without legal process or stated rea-
sons for days, then suddenly re-
leased and then detained again.
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