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Argentine Jews Appeal to Government to Curb Anti-semitic Propaganda; Cite Outrages

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A protest against the anti-Jewish campaign being carried on in Argentina by newspapers which are among the staunchest supporters of the regime of Gen. Ramirez, was presented last Thursday to the Argentine Minister of Interior Alberto Gilbert by the DAIA, the central Jewish representative body in Buenos Aires, the New York Times reports.

Signed by Dr. Moises Goldman, president of the DAIA, and by Dr. David Tabakman, secretary, the protest cited among other anti-Semitic incidents that in the city of Salta a Jewish theatrical company was assailed on two consecutive nights. The anti-Jewish propaganda, they said, led to such outrages and seriously alarmed the Jewish community in the country.

Last Aug. 4 the Minister of the Interior publicly instructed the Federal Commissioners in all provinces to forbid publication by newspapers of anything that might “wound or mortify” any section of the Argentine population by attacks upon its “nationality of origin, religion, beliefs or customs.” These instructions have remained a dead letter, the New York Times correspondent cables from Buenos Aires. Even in Buenos Aires nationalistic papers continue to heap abuse upon Jews. Indeed, whatever repressive measures have been applied have been taken against Jewish newspapers, not those that attack the Jews, the correspondent adds.

“Former President Ramon S. Castillo’s regime, whatever its faults, did at least make a pretense at keeping the extreme rightist press in check,” the correspondent continues. “The pro-Nazi Pampero, which has distinguished itself for its hatred of Jews, held the record then for the number of times it was suspended.”

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