Histadrut Dinner for Police Chief Attacked by Youths in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — The
Philadelphia Histadrut Committee
was embroiled in a bitter contro-
versy following its $50-a-plate din-
ner honoring Police Commissioner
Frank Rizzo and Mrs. Rizzo.
While some 1,200 Histadrut guests
heard Rizzo hailed as a civic lead-
er and staunch friend of Israel, an
estimated 200 youths demonstrated
outside the Bellevue-Stratford
Hotel accusing the commissione:
of oppressing Blacks and other
The demonstrators included a
radical Jewish group known as
Na'aseh and members of Habo
nim and Hashomer Hatzair, L.
bor Zionist youth movements.
A separate contingent of protes
tors included black militants and
supporters of El Fatah, the Pal-
estinian guerrilla organization.
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A counter demonstration was
st aged across the s treet by mem
hers of the militant Jewish De-
fense League, who claimed that
since Rizzo had been honored by
other groups, -there was no rea-
son to single out a Jewish .affair
with local trade unionists and civic claimed, however, that despite
leaders, and their concensus was such tactics the commissioner
that Rizzo fully deserved to be avoided bloodshed and "kept the
city cool." He said that Rizzo,
He said that a number of black who Mayor James H. J. Tate has
leaders attended the testimonial reportedly designated as his suc-
dinner and noted that the benedic- cessor in the next mayoralty race.
tion was recited by a black Bap- "has a good record among many
Some of the Jewish, pro-Israel tist minister.
youths carried signs reading, "La-
The Philadelphia dinner was
bor Zionism is Not Equal to Police
Stateism." "Israel Yes, Rizzo No," intended to raise funds to build THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
a "Frank and Carmella Rizzo
and "Jews Live By Isaiah's Laws,
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Youth Center in Israel." It in-
cluded a tribute to Rizzo from
Habonim did not participate of-
ficially in the demonstrations al-
tional Committee for Labor Is-
though its members were among
rael which thanked Mr. and
the pickets. But it sent a cable to
Mrs. Rizzo for "linking your
Histadrut Secretary General Itzhak
Ben Aharon in Tel Aviv deploring lovely city with a great humani-
tarian institution in Israel."
To Deal With
the Philadelphia Histadrut's choice
A Histadrut spokesman conceded
of a guest of honor.
Several Jewish demonstrators to the JTA that Rizzo was a con-
Vlotkiri . .
said they were angry because La- troversial figure because he used
bor Zionism was "being perverted"
by Histadrut's choice of honoring militants and other groups. He
( Yehoshua Levy, treasurer of
Gift & Fruit
Histadrut in Israel who was visit-
ing New York, told the JTA that
Histadrut campaign functions ar
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