Argentine Jewish Group Says Jews Are Argentinians; Pleads for Recognition of Israel

Declaring for the first time that he was speaking on behalf of the entire Argentine Jewish community; Sucher Matrajt, president of the pro-Peronist Jewish group, “Organization Israelita Argentina,” said in a radio broadcast here today that the Jews here must be considered from the point of view of nationality as “Argentinians, sons of Jews.”

At the same time, he emphasized that Argentine Jews, despite their full acclimatization to this country’s national life, cannot remain indifferent towards Jewish suffering in other countries. He, therefore, appealed to the Argentine Government to recognize the Jewish state, since, he said, the persecuted Jews in Europe and the Jews in Israel need a state of their own.

The O.I.A. today announced that it has no branches and urged Jews throughout the country to ignore a newly-formed group which proclaimed itself the “Jewish Peronist Propaganda Committee.” This new group, headed by Samuel Smud, is now collecting signatures for a petition to President Peron to secure Argentine recognition of Israel.

Dr. Ricardo Dubrovsky, president of the DATA, central Jewish representative body, was honored here at a dinner tendered to him on the occasion of his appointment as professor at the University of Buenos Aires.

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