Jewish Groups in Argentina, Blacklisted by Peronist Newspaper Seek Audience with Peron

The DAIA, central representative body of Argentine Jewry, and the Argentine Zionist Council today sent a wire to President Juan Peron asking for an audience in connection with a blacklist of “traitors” published in the Peronist newspaper Democracia which wrongly included these two organizations.

A letter to the editor of the Democracia by the two organizations and by individual Jewish leaders involved declared that the inclusion of their names on the blacklist has caused a “painful impression” in Jewish circles and is probably due to a mistake. It was not published by the paper. Nor did the paper comply with a request of the Jewish organizations that it publish a clarification. The two Jewish bodies and the individuals affected, therefore, made public the text of their letter today in the Jewish press and sent copies of it to the Ministry of Information and to the Speaker of the Parliament.

The letter, which the Peronist newspaper did not publish, described the activities of the DAIA, the Zionist Council, the Jewish Agency and the Joint Distribution Committee–the representatives of the two latter organizations in Argentina were also included on the blacklist–and emphasized that these organizations have always operated legally in the country and have never interfered with Argentina’s foreign or domestic policies.

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