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Relief for Evicted Jewish Market Traders in Belgium

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Thanks to the intervention of the Market Traders’ Union with the Municipalities of the Antwerp suburbs of Eckeren and Merzcur, where Jewish market-traders were recently evicted from the market-places, permission has been restored for these Jewish traders to sell their goods in the market-places without hindrance.

The J.T.A. representative learns from an authoritative source that the Belgian Government is now drafting a law to regulate market-trading, according to which every market-trader will have to hire his place in the market six months in advance.

Many Jews in Antwerp who have been unable to earn their livelihood at their own trade because of the crisis in the diamond industry, in which the Jews of Belgium have been largely represented, have been taking to street-trading and Belgian street-draders resenting their competition have attacked the new Jewish street-traders and clashes between the two parties have frequently occurred. Recently, the local authorities in several of the Antwerp suburbs intervened by refusing to allow the Jewish dealers to stand at the pitches which they had held in the market-places.

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