Bucharest (Feb. 27)
A series of anti-Zionist persecutions is reported in Bessarabia.
The suppression of the Zionists and the arrest of their leaders is believed to be a fulfilment of an intention announced by Premier Vaida Voevod in an interview which appeared in the Paris paper, “Le Journal.”
The Roumanian government, Premier Vaida Voevod declared in the interview, “is determined to suppress excesses both from the Right and the Left and to tolerate neither anti-Semitic student demonstrations, Soviet agitation nor Zionist agitation among certain Jewish elements in Bessarabia.
The police of Botoschani, it is now reported, at one o’clock in the morning suddenly searched the home of the president of the local Zionist group. Walter Abeles, the Zionist president, was taken to the police station for examination. Abeles has never been suspected of Communist activities.
In Piatra Meantz, the police raided a Zionist youth meeting and arrested all those present. Some of the arrested were held for two days and released only after the intervention of the Jewish Party.
In Jassy, where martial law prevails, 18 members of the Brith Trumpeldor, Zionist Revisionist Youth organization, were arrested and held for two days, being released only because of the intervention of Jewish deputies. The 18 will, however, be tried by a military court.