Letter from Allen Pollack to Christian B. Anfinsen
Pollack, the Acting Secretary of the "Ad Hoc Committee of American Professors," which sought to enlist the support
of prominent academics in pressuring the U.S. government to provide more assistance to Israel during its conflict with various
Arab states in 1967, wrote this letter to Anfinsen to give him an update on the group's organization and their attempt
to place an advertisement in the "New York Times."
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1967-06-07 (June 7, 1967)
Ad Hoc Committee of American Professors
Anfinsen, Christian B.
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Letter from Susan Dworkin to Christian B. Anfinsen (May 29, 1967)
Petition condemning the Arab blockade of the Straits of Tiran the Gulf of Aqaba (May 1967)
I am sorry this letter has been delayed -- but I trust you will understand that we have all been heavily involved in the last
48 hours. I know that everyone is upset that our advertisement did not appear on the scheduled date. Technical difficulties
involving type-setting and getting space, resulting from the avalanche of names we get, led to the delay. The ad will appear
in the Thursday "Times" with appropriate notice stating that it was prepared before hostilities broke out, and is
being printed as an expression of support for the integrity and security of Israel.
We are all convinced that much work has to be done now; the issue will be primarily political. We must do what we can to
see that the settlement which follows the hostilities does not find Israel in the same precarious security position as before,
and I fear the pressures against her will be great. In New York, a speakers' bureau has been organized by our faculty
people, and many meetings, primarily of non-Jewish groups, have been addressed.
Ad hoc faculty groups must be organized throughout the country to disseminate information, organize "letters to the editors",
place ads in local papers indicating support for Israel, and doing what they can to help influence public opinion both on
the campus and in the community as a whole.
Perhaps another ad should appear later if necessary, calling on the U.S.
government to see that Israel"s security needs are met in any settlement that
Please send us any additional names from your school that can be counted on for help. Who are the key people that should
be contacted for widespread and rapid dissemination of information, etc., in the different sections of the University?
We will be calling a meeting of the key people in the East Coast area very shortly
to help determine what the Ad Hoc Committee should concentrate on now. We must not lose the momentum which has been achieved
to date. I shall be in touch with you shortly. Let me thank you for the wonderful way in which you have co-operated up to