Turkish Jews Intervene with Government to Halt Anti-jewish Agitation

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Representations on behalf of the Jewish community of Turkey in connection with the recent wave of anti-Jewish propaganda in the country were made by a delegation of Jewish leaders to Kazim Pasha, president of the Turkish National Assembly, at Angora.

The delegation, which consisted of the members of the commission to reorganize the rabbinate in Constantinople, declared to Kazim Pasha that the events at the funeral of the Jewish girl, Elsa Niego, had no connection with the Jewish community. In view of the fact that the murder took place in the Jewish quarter, it was natural that it should have caused an intense feeling. Because the street near the cemetery is narrow, it was natural that the crowd attending the funeral blocked the traffic. A street car tried to break through the crowd and this led to the necessity of police intervention. Soon, however, everything had quieted down and there were no anti-Turkish cries as there were no attacks on the police, the delegation declared.

The president of the Turkish National Assembly assured the delegation that the Turkish government knows well that the Jewish community had no connection with the affair and that it is impossible to hold the community responsible for an ordinary police incident. Kazim Pasha was extremely cordial to the delegation and authorized it to make public the results of the interview.

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