Confrontations between blacks and Jews are often highlighted in the media, while moments of reconciliation go unreported. In The Post's coverage of ABC "Nightline's" Harlem town meeting with Nelson Mandela on June 22 {"Mandela Reiterates Support for Arafat, Gadhafi, Castro"}, once again sharp words of contention were featured, while mutual support was primarily ignored.

That night both Nelson Mandela and Henry Siegman, executive director of the American Jewish Congress, made deliberate efforts to express strong solidarity with each other's struggles, even as they disagreed about whether the African National Congress should adopt positions on human rights violations in other countries at this point in its history. Mr. Siegman began his remarks by stating that American Jewish organizations support Mr. Mandela in his struggle against apartheid absolutely "unconditionally," and that this support did not depend on any response to questions the Jewish community may pose to him about other issues.

Mandela, in his response, reiterated the ANC's support of Israel's right to exist, as well as the Palestinian's right to self-determination, a position held by may American Jews and Israelis. He went on to say that the ANC refused to open an office in Libya until this year, when that country finally accepted Jewish ANC staff members. REENA BERNARDS Washington