World Press Digest

The Near East and India, semiofficial organ of the British Colonial Office, reporting on the raid of the ICA offices in Turkey, states:

The arrest and the subsequent release of Mr. S. Tcherniak, who is the delegate in Istanbul of the Jewish Colonization Association, has caused a sensation which does not appear to have been limited to local quarters only. As the delegate of ICA, Mr. Tcherniak is a member of the Istanbul committee of the League of Nations, and, in that capacity, directs the evacuation of Russian Jews from Turkey. At the same time he has been entrusted with the task of advising the British Consul-General in Istanbul in the distribution of labor visas for immigration into Palestine.

Mr. Tcherniak’s arrest occurred in the office of the delegation of the ICA on May 26, and was maintained for two days. Part of the archives was sealed and has been transferred to the General Direction of the Police; but the greater part has remained in a sealed room in the said offices. Mr. Tcherniak’s and his subordinates’ private rooms were also searched. He was interrogated by the political section of the police, who, it seems, questioned him about the immigration from Turkey into Palestine, his activities in connection with the British Passport Office, and also about the farms owned by the ICA in Turkey.

SAAR LENDS IMPETUS TO DRIVE ON JEWS

The Manchester Guardian, in an editorial entitled “The Jews in Germany, writes:

After June 30, 1934, when the leaders of the Nazi party turned for a time from the abuse of the Jews to the vilification of their own members who were disposed of in the “clean-up,” there was some abatement at least in the open persecution of German Jewry. Also, the need for a united front and for advertising the virtues of German domestic policy on the eve of the Saar plebiscite imposed some restraint upon anti-Jewish outbursts. But since the Spring of this year there has been a great renewal of the open anti-Semitism. According to one account, the decision was deliberately taken at a meeting of the district leaders attended by Herr Hitler himself in March, when Herr Bürkel, the Nazi Commissioner for the Saar, reported that the Jews had “acted unpatriotically” in the plebiscite. The story perhaps obtains confirmation from the abusive leaflet which is being circulated in the Saar to encourage an anti-Jewish boycott as “a shining example to the whole Reich.”

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