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(J. T. A. Mail Service)

With regard to the report of the memorandum drawn up by the Jewish Community of Salonica M. D. Coclamanoc, Greek Minister to England stated: “I have no report from Greece that can confirm the information. If the Jews in Salonica suffered great losses in the destructive fire of 1917 the same fate was shared by all Greeks in that town. What I can assure you is that no exceptional measure has ever been taken against Jews, and land belonging to Jews as well as to Christians and other Greeks has been expropriated without any discrimination of creed and in accordance with a general rule.

“I doubt whether it is promoting effectively the Jewish cause to attribute any complaint, justified or unjustified, which Jews might have in Greece to discrimination practised against them. I am afraid it strengthens the tendency of Jews, owing to the special treatment to which they have been subjected in some countries, to believe that they are still under a sort of persecution which creates among them an atmosphere of discontent at the very moment when the Greek Government, which at all times has shown the largest degree of tolerance towards the Jewish element, accords to them without any distinction exactly the same rights and treatment as to all other citizens of Greece,” the Minister concluded.

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