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Bolivia Names 2 Jews to Labor Ministry Posts; Anti-jewish Agitation Condemned

The tolerance of President German Busch’s government has been evidenced by a Government newspaper’s demand for action against anti-Semitic agitators, the granting of permission of kosher slaughter in Bolivia and the appointment of two Jews to important posts in the Labor Ministry.

The newspaper La Nacion demanded that the police put an end to anti-Jewish incitement carried on by anti-Semitic youths in the streets. The agitation is an insult to the country, the paper said editorially. The editorial was prompted by recent actions of youths in entering Jewish cares, refusing to pay their checks and in some cases threatening Jews with violence.

Permission to slaughter cattle according to the Jewish ritual was granted by the Government on application of the Jewish Center and a butcher shop was opened. The action led one newspaper to condemn kosher slaughter as unhygienic and un-humanitarian. Previously, only fowl was slaughtered according to the Hebrew ritual.

President Busch has approved the nominations of Dr. Rudolfo Pomerantz and Georg Friedlander as directors of the new Social Security Department of the Labor Ministry. They will have the task of organizing a system of social security for Bolivian laborers, including the establishment of sick-aid foundations and other institutions. R. Pomerantz is a refugee from Czecho-Slovakia, a former instructor of mathematics at Prague University. The Agriculture Ministry has also engaged two refugee experts.

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