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Economic Depression May Bring Anti-semitism in England, Jews Warned

England “might well see a resurgence of anti-Semitism” in case of economic depression, Alderman M. P. Gross, national chairman of the Trades Advisory Council, warned today.

Addressing a general meeting of the Council, Alderman Gross stated: “While, in times of full employment and relative prosperity, there might not be signs of overt anti-Semitism or of fascist activity, there is always the danger that, with a recurrence of economic difficulties, a scapegoat would have to be found. In that event, we might well see a resurgence of anti-Semitism in this country.”

The Council was established by the Board of Deputies of British Jews to deal with discrimination in employment and business relations. Both non-Jews and Jews are members of the Council. Lord Silkin, president of the Council, was re-elected for another term. A resolution was adopted expressing the organization’s “abhorrence of discrimination against minority groups on grounds of race, religion or color.” The Council declared that “discriminatory practices are harmful to the best interests of the country, and are contrary to civilized standards of conduct.”

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