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Jews Embittered As Attacks Grow and Government Does Nothing; Self-defense Planned

The growing number of anti-Semitic excesses throughout Roumania while the government has yet to take energetic action to stamp them out has created general embitterment among the Jewish population and leaders who regard as the only way out the organization of a self-defence corps.

The “Courier Israelit” declares “fist must follow fist” while Jewish members of parliament without regard to their political affiliations have telegraphed the government their protests and voiced their protests in parliament. The Jewish members of parliament have pointed out that even the non-Jewish press has described the Jewish position as entirely unprotected and charge that the Roumanian anti-Semites are encouraging the people to attack the Jews by promising them economic advantages through persecution of the Jews.

Cuzist students today at midday in the center of the city attacked and maltreated Rabbi Katz. Police-prefect general Nikoleanu has promised Chief Rabbi Niemerower to find and punish those guilty. In the meantime the newspaper “Dimineatza” reports that the attacks on Jewish passersby in Galatz are being continued by the youth organization “Iron Guard”.

Threats to shoot all the Jews are contained in anonymous posters that appeared today on a number of Bucharest houses. In an interview with the newspaper “Adverul”, M. Davila, Roumanian minister to the United States now visiting here, declared that the anti-Semitic excesses in Roumania are harmful to Roumanian interests abroad, especially in the United States.

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