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October 18, 1968 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-10-18

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

INYU _ Students Turned Down
in Demands on Haehett Behalf

NEW YORK (JTA) — Some 200
students held a noisy but general-
ly orderly demonstration on New
York University's Washington
Square campus in downtown Man-
hattan Monday demanding the re-
instatement of John F. Hatchett,
the controversial Negro teacher
who was dismissed last week as
director of NYU's Afro-American
Student Center.
The demonstrators alleged that
Hatchett had been unjustly ac-
cused of anti-Semitic bias and
passed out leaflets defending him
against such charges. But a gen-
eral strike in support of Hatchett
by the 42,000-member student
body failed to materialize.
New York University said that
it would not reinstate Hatchett,
who was fired after referring to
Vice President Hubert H. Humph-
rey, Richard M. Nixon and Albert
Shanker, president of the United
Teachers Federation, as "racist
bastards" in a speech delivered
before a student group last week.

The dismissal was described
by the American Jewish Con-
gress as "an- encouraging indi-
cation that anti-Semitism, racism
and intemperate arrogance have
no place in a university faculty."
The AJCongress was one of
several Jewish groups, along
with the Catholic Interracial
Council and the Protestant Coun-
cil, which condemned the ap-
pointment of Hatchett to the
NYU post last July.

provided that the student groups
supporting Hatchett paid the rent.
Dr. James M. Hester, NYU pre-
sident, said the principal reason
for terminating Hatchett's ap-
pointment was that he "has prov-
ed to be increasingly ineffective
in performing his duties because
of the incompatibility of many of
his actions and public statements
with the requirements of his posi-
tion in the university."






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Their opposition was based on
an article which the former Har-
leth school teacher wrote in No-
vember 1967 in the Afro-American
Forum, a Negro teachers periodi-
cal. He alleged in the article that
New York City's public school
system was dominated by Jews
who, with their "black Anglo-
Saxon imitators," were poisoning
the minds of Negro pupils.
The AJCongress said that it
hoped Hatchett would be replac-
ed "by someone who is more like-
ly to guide black students into
harmonious relationships with
their fellow students and the com-
munities in which they live."
About 100 students occupied
two buildings on the NYU Bronx
campus following Hatchett's dis-
missal. The university offered a
compromise under which the
teacher could serve as an adviser
to Negro students on the campus,
using his year's severance pay as
salary.
The university offered space

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Israel's 'Son of the Lion'
Turns 82 at Sde Boker

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

SDE BOKER—Scores of friends
and admirers flocked to this tiny
desert town Oct. 9 to pay
t r i b u t e to David Ben-Gurion,
Israel's first prime minister, who
celebrated his 82nd birthday by
lecturing on biblical subjects at the
Sde Boker school.
Ben-Gurion, a widower now and
at least officially out of politics,
spent the day among close friends
of the Bible circle which used to
meet in the Ben-Gurions' Tel Aviv
home or in the Jerusalem home of
the late Itzhak Ben-Zvi when the
latter was Israel's president. Later,
speaking in the school which over-
looks the grave of his wife, Paula,
Ben-Gurion discoursed on Moses,
David and Elijah.
Moses was right, he declared,
when he said that the Jews are a
genuine and a unique nation. Then,
applying the biblical lesson in an
oblique criticism of the government
of his political foe, Prime Minister
Levi Eshkol, Ben-Gurion said:
"Israel has all the characteristics
bf a unique nation. We have a
unique army. What we need is a
special and extraordinary govern-
ment. Without such a government,
we shall not survive."

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