Peron Attends Affair Arranged by Argentine Jews in His Honor

All Jewish organizations this week-end united in honoring President Juan Peron in acknowledgment of his recent pro-Jewish and pro-Israel statements. More than 2,000 Jewish leaders from this city and elsewhere in the land attended the affair.

President Peron, whose entrance into the hall was the occasion of a great ovation, thanked the Jewish community for having inscribed him in the Jewish National Fund’s Golden Book, and declared: “We love and respect the Jews since our doctrine is based on social work and our principle is respect for human beings. We cannot conceive patriotism based on hate or disrespect.”

He spoke glowingly of the survival of the Jewish people over the centuries, despite their not having had a country of their own, and called on the Argentine people to follow the example of the “young nation of Israel.” “May God will,” he continued, “that the small, but great state and the tiny, but strong nation shall flourish and develop in dignity.”

Among the organizations which sponsored the affair was the pro-Peronist Organzation Israelia Argentina, the Buenos Aires Community, the DAIA, central representative organization of Argentine Jewry, and the various Zionist groups. Present among the guests were Dr. Arieh Kubovi, Israel Minister to Argentina, Major Carlos Aloe, governor of Buenos Aires province, and a party of 13 Israeli newspapermen.

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