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Argentine Jews Protest Barring of Jewish Internes from Buenos Aires Hospitais

The recent exclusion of Jewish students from internships in municipal hospitals in Buenos Aires has brought an official protest from the Federation of Argentine Jewish Associations to the city’s mayor.

Last year, the Association pointed out, 21 Jewish students received internships, but this year not a single Jewish medical student who applied has been admitted. In addition, those who started their first year in 1946 and were entitled to continue their studies for another year under municipal regulations, have not been reappointed.

This is the first official act of discrimination against Jews since President Juan Peron took office last June. Jewish observers, nevertheless, do not believe that this development foreshadows a governmental anti-Jewish policy. This action and similar ones have been taken on the initiative of local officials, who are predominantly of the extreme nationalist right.