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Violence, Discrimination Hit Colombia Jews

Anti-Jewish violence and discriminatory regulations are causing fear among the large Jewish population of Bogota, capital of Colombia, a letter received here today disclosed.

According to this message, a young Jewish butcher boy who attempted to sell kosher meat in the capital was badly beaten up by anti-Jewish demonstrators early in August and taken to a hospital in a desperate condition. Various restrictions are making it increasingly difficult for the Jews to obtain work in the city, it was said.

Dispatches from Bogota to Buenos Aires earlier this month said that the rights of immigrant Jewish institutions and associations had been restricted by the Colombian Government and that the country has been virtually closed to Jews, whether immigrants or tourists. It was also reported that the Colombia government planned to deport all Jews not engaged in occupations specified in their immigration permits.

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