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Polish Sejm Abolishes Czaristic Restriction on Jewish Land Purchase

Text Proposed by Jewish Deputy Incorporated Into Law (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Polish Jews may acquire real estate in any part of the Republic as the law stands today, following the passage by the Sejm of a bill annulling the Czaristic prohibition against the purchase of land by Poles and Jews in the Eastern provinces of the Republic.

The Sejm passed today, in the third reading, the bill introduced by the government calling for the abolition of the Czaristic restriction on the purchase of land in the territory of the eastern region, now a part of Poland.

During the second reading a dispute arose between Deputy A. Hartglass, representing the Club of Jewish Deputies, and Prime Minister Bartel concerning the phraseology of the bill. The government text suggested that the words “Poles” be employed, while the Jewish deputy demand that in order to make certain that the abolition pertain not only to Poles but also to Jews, as specified in the Czaristic law, insisted upon the words “all citizens” instead of “Poles.” In the third reading the suggestion of the Prime Minister was not sustained and the text proposed by the Jewish deputy was incorporated into the law.

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