Salonica (Dec. 6)
Anti-Semitic agitation is developing here in connection with the promise given to a Jewish delegation by Premier Tsaldaris, that the existing restrictions with regard to elections, would be abolished.
Premier Tsaldaris promised that the separate Electoral College, which maintains a political ghetto for the Jews, would be abolished.
Consideration, he said, is being given to the revision of the election system. Either proportionate elections will be adopted, applying to the Jews as to all other members of the community, or there will be a general return to separate electoral colleges.
A motion to this effect will be introduced in Parliament in January, the Premier stated.
The organs friendly to former Premier Eleutherios Venizelos, both in Athens and Salonica violently oppose the Premier’s pledge, and threaten to withdraw their support, which would result in the downfall of the government, if the project is not abandoned.
Simultaneously the government organ, “Makedocina Nea,” controlled by Minister of War, General Condylis, has launched a campaign against the Jews. The paper demands that voting rights be withdrawn from the Jews and announces a series of historical articles on the “Jewish Hangman of Salonica.”
The “Jewish Hangman” referred to is a fictitious character, Peretz Covno, who allegedly became the favorite of the Turkish government of Salonica and caused the execution of numerous Greeks.