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Former Argentine President Condemns Anti-semitic Terrorism in Country

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Lt. Gen. Pedro E. Aramburu, former Argentine President during the provisional government that ousted Juan Peron from the presidency of this country, sharply condemned the new wave of anti-Semitism here today. Significance was attached to his statement due to the fact that he how heads a new political party. Union Nacional, and his name has been advanced as the possible next president of Argentina.

Pointing out that the world owes much to Jewish scientists, and that racist or religious persecutions have no place in Argentine life or traditions, Gen, Aramburu said that the recent manifestations of anti-Semitism here “are the sporadic fruits of intolerance, which must be repudiated by the Argentinian people.”

At the same time, however, Dr. Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, editor of the ultra right-wing nationalist weekly, “Second Republic,” published an article today accusing Argentina’s “unassimilated Israelites” of “provoking” the recent outbreaks of anti-Semitism. The article employed the discredited Nazi-Communist canard of alleged Jewish involvement in “financial scandals,” accusing DAIA, the central organization of Argentine Jewry, of being headed by such persons.

(At the United Nations, this weekend, Acting Secretary General U Thant was petitioned to intercede with Argentina “to take adequate measures to protect the Argentine Jewish community against further atrocities and terrorization.” The petition was filed by the International League for the Rights of Man and the Inter-American Association for Democracy and Freedom.)

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