Soviet Authorities ‘encourage’ Anti-semitism, Says Manchester Guardian

The Manchester Guardian said in an editorial this weekend that there was no evidence that the Soviet authorities were taking steps to stamp out anti-Semitic hooliganism but that, on the contrary, anti-Jewish feelings were being encouraged.

The British liberal daily commented that what Lenin had called one of the most hateful characterists ov Czarism–”to play up the most despicable prejudices of the most ignorant strata of the population against the Jews”–seemed to have survived the Bolshevik Revolution.

Recent incidents, the paper said, “may be acts of hooliganism rather than of deliberate policy. But there is no evidence that the authorities are taking energetic steps to stamp out this evil before it spreads. On the contrary, anti-Jewish feelings are being encouraged both by newspaper articles and by administrative measures.”

(A Moscow dispatch to the New York Herald Tribune reported this week-end that the Soviet Union still has 15 ships’ pilots on duty in the Suez Canal. The pilots have been at work, aiding the Egyptian Suez Canal Authority since 1956, according to the dispatch.)

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