Baghdad (Jan. 30)
Aaron Sasonahum, president of the Zionist organization of Iraq, was arrested today by the police for conducting Zionist activities in that country and was released after a short detention, it was learned here.
The Zionist leader was, however, placed under police supervision and a permit issued to him by Sir Francis Humphries, British Ambassador to Iraq, giving him permission to carry on Zionist activities was confiscated by the police.
The government of Iraq has persisted in treating Zionism as a crime against the State. The movement is forbidden there and known Zionists are severely persecuted.
Jewish newspapers from all over the world containing material favorable to Zionism have been banned by the government. Even French and English dailies have been banned on the ground that they are pro-Zionist. A widespread anti-Semitic movement has grown up in the country and Jews in public life sharply discriminated against. A bookseller was given a heavy prison sentence for having imported Jewish newspapers from other countries.