Indiscriminate Protests on Persecution Held Menace by Montefiore

WARNING AGAINST INDISCRIMINATE REPRESENTATIONS ABROAD ON BEHALF OF PERSECUTED JEWS WAS VOICED TODAY AT A MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DEPUTIES OF BRITISH JEWS BY LEONARD G. MONTEFIORE IN PRESENTING A REPORT OF THE JOINT FOREIGN COMMITTEE.

TWO DANGERS MUST BE AVOIDED IN MAKING REPRESENTATIONS, MR. MONTEFIORE POINTED OUT. HE CITED REPRESENTATIONS MADE WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION ON APPARENTLY MINOR MATTERS, DECLARING THESE, MADE ON EVERY POSSIBLE OCCASION, BEGIN TO LOSE THEIR WEIGHT. THE SECOND DANGER STRESSED BY MR. MONTEFIORE WOULD BE FAILURE TO KEEP THE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES AND THE PUBLIC GENERALLY INFORMED ON THE SUFFERING AND PERSECUTION OF JEWS IN COUNTRIES WHERE THEY ARE OPPRESSED. THIS, HE DECLARED, WOULD BE AN EQUALLY FATAL BLUNDER.

CONTINUING, MR. MONTEFIORE ASSERTED:

“WE MUST RECOGNIZE THAT WHERE A GREAT POWER IS INVOLVED, ONLY THE THREAT OF WAR IS LIKELY TO INFLUENCE ITS POLICY, WHETHER DOMESTIC, AS WITH GERMANY, OR FOREIGN AS WITH JAPAN.”

THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT THE JOINT FOREIGN COMMITTEE HAS BROUGHT THE ATTACK ON JEWS BY PATRIARCH MIRON CHRISTEA, SUPREME HEAD OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN RUMANIA, TO THE ATTENTION OF THE ENGLISH CHURCH AUTHORITIES. THE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO TAKEN STEPS, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF OFFICIAL QUARTERS ANTI-JEWISH DISCRIMINATORY MEASURES IN POLAND WHICH ARE DESCRIBED AS CONTRARY TO THE SPIRIT OF THE POLISH CONSTITUTION.

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