NEW YORK (Jun. 26)
Anti-Semitic agitation and attempted bombings in Costa Rica during the past six months have been the work of a small underground group which is attempting to poison the minds of the population, Dr. Maurice L. Perlzweig, political consultant to the World Jewish Congress, declared today upon his return from a five-day tour of inspection to that country.
President Ulate of Costa Rica has pledged to put down, with all the means at his disposal, any terrorist actions of anti-Semites against members of the Costa Rican Jewish community, Dr. Perlzweig told a press conference. Dr. Perlzweig, to whom the pledge was given by President Ulate at an audience in Costa Rica last week, said that the President also guaranteed to defend the rights and freedoms of the members of the Jewish community.
The W.J.C. representative, who also conferred with Foreign Minister Fernando Lara, said that the latter had given him “the most explicit assurances on the resolve of the government to protect the constitutional rights of all citizens, irrespective of race or creed.” He emphasized that the Congress of Costa Rica has adopted a resolution to investigate the “Junta Patriotica” which is responsible for the public anti-Jewish campaign, and ascertain whether the agitation has Nazi links or associations.