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Australian Anti-semitic Publication Sued for Libel Following Attack on Jewish Groups

A suit for libel was today instituted against the publication Smith’s Weekly on the basis of an anti-Semitic article published last May. The plaintiff, Dr. Fanny Reading, demanded $40,000 in damages.

The article, entitled “Jews Raise Huge Funds to Fight the British,” charged that various Jewish organizations were raising money in Australia to be used in war chests to fight the British Empire. As a specific example it cited a current campaign of the New South Wales Youth Aliyah Movement for $120,000 for the immigration of Jewish refugee children to Palestine.