Polish Village Elects Jew Sheriff; Authorities Bar Him on Basis Czaristic Law

Solomon Horowitz, a resident of the village Siennica in the district of Minsk-Mazowiecki, was elected sheriff of the village on January 25, but was barred from taking office by a decision of the District Governor.

The District Governor refused to confirm Horowitz’s election on the basis of an old Czaristic law, according to which Jews are barred from the offices of sheriff or judge in such villages or counties where the population is not entirely Jewish.

The matter has aroused nation-wide attention in view of the persistence of the Club of Jewish Deputies for a number of years for the final abolition of the Czaristic anti-Jewish limitations in the Republic of Poland. Taking this case as further proof of the existence of the Czaristic laws against Jews, the Club of Jewish Deputies introduced an interpellation into parliament today asking the central authorities to overrule the objection of the District Governor as the application of the Czaristic law is contrary to the provisions of the Polish Constitution and to the provisions of the Versailles peace treaty.

The interpellation also points out that the government has repeatedly made assurances in parliament that the Czaristic restrictions against Jews are no longer in existence in the Republic.

Full details concerning the character and number of legal disabilities under which the Jews of Poland still suffer by the application of the old Czaristic laws, as enumerated in a recent interpellation of the Club of Jewish Deputies introduced into parliament, will be published in the issue of the “Jewish Daily Bulletin” of Wednesday morning.

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