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Jews Being Assimilated, Turkish Paper Says

Turkey’s Jewish population, together with other minorities, is being completely assimilated into the nation, the Istanbul daily, Tan, declares.

The newspaper comments favorably on the speech in the National Assembly here by the Greek Orthodox Deputy Stamati Zihni Odjdamar, who declared the word “minority” should disappear from the legal language of Turkey. Deputy Stamati hailed the Turkish Government’s action in taking the minorities’ schools under its control.

Tan says:

“Minorities are groups who differ from the majority population by religion, language and nationality, as for instance the Germans in Czechoslovakia. But the Jews, Circassians and other sections of the Turkish population cannot be considered as minorities. One should, therefore, no longer issue any permits for the opening of minority schools, because the younger generation in Turkey is entirely assimilated.

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