Deplorable Tactics

Is the new mayor of Jerusalem, Dr. Khaldi, following in the steps of his predecessor, Nashashibi?

When the Jews of Jerusalem helped Dr. Khaldi to defeat Nashashibi during the recent municipal elections, they did so because of the latter’s anti-Jewish tactics in the Jerusalem municipality. They hoped that Dr. Khaldi, being elected with Jewish votes, would unlike his predecessor, be fair to Jewish interests.

But what is happening now?

Hardly had Dr. Khaldi entered his duties as mayor, when he refused to let the Jewish vice-mayor, Daniel Auster, have a say in municipal matters. He is trying to usurp the rights of the Jewish aldermen, even as Nashashibi did.

The Jewish aldermen who left the municipality several years ago, as protest against Nashashibi’s tactics, were compelled to do so because the Jews were not a majority in Jerusalem then. Things are, however, different now. The Jews in Jerusalem today are no longer a minority. Dr. Khaldi will have a hard job on his hands. After all, the Jews of Jerusalem would have had a Jew as mayor today if they had only been a little more insistent against the appointment of Dr. Khaldi.

GAJDA’S AMBITIONS

The announcement that an “Aryan front” against the Jews would be organized in Czechoslovakia by General Gajda, will probably not pass {SPAN}###oticed{/SPAN} by the Czechoslovakian government.

No matter how strong or weak the anti-Semitic forces in Czechoslovakia are, the government of President Masaryk will not permit them to come to the forefront. The Czechoslovakian government is definitely friendly towards the Jews and there is no reason to fear that the projected “Aryan front” will ever develop any serious activities.

The intentions of organizing Germans and Hungarians in Czechoslovakia announced by General Gajda are much more harmful to the interests of the country than to the Jews, since neither the Germans nor the Hungarians would like to see Czechoslovakia remain independent.

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