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Polish Jewry, 3,000,000 in number, may not have any representation in the next Polish parliament, it is disclosed here by the well-informed Polish daily, Illustrowany Kurjer Codzienny.

This, it is understood, may be an act of revenge on the part of the Polish government against the strongly worded address delivered in the Polish parliament by Dr. Joshua Thon, in which he accused the Polish government before the entire world of mistreating the Jewish population and of reducing it to beggary.


According to the Polish paper, the electoral system in Poland will be changed in such a way that it will be impossible for the Jewish minority to return a single deputy to the Sejm. A special parliamentary session will be held, the journal asserted, and the constitution will be amended, abolishing proportional representation in the Sejm and in the Senate.

The present election ordinance, according to the paper, will be replaced by a system similar to the British constituency majority system. Because there is no constituency in the whole of Poland in which Jewish electors have an absolute majority, they will thus be deprived of representation in the parliament.

For printing the speech delivered by Dr. Thon in the parliament, in which he complained of the desperately difficult position of Polish Jewry, a Jewish weekly, Yiddishes Folksblat, which appears in Bielsk, Polish Upper Silesia, was confiscated today.

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