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Leading Argentineans Form ‘united Front’ to Fight Anti-semitism

Leading Argentine political parties and personalities Joined today in the formation of a United Front Against Anti-Semitism. In a statement announcing the new organization, the signers declared the step had been taken “to promote permanent action against all anti-Semitic manifestations and any form of racism.”

Sponsors of the new group included Dr. Carlos Adrogue, former Interior Minister, General Pedro Aramburu, former President of Argentina; Oscar Alende, head of the Union Civica Radical del Pueblo, one of the largest political parties in the country; Adolfo Vicchi, head of the Conservative party; and Americo Ghioldi, head of the Socialist party. Included among the sponsors was the University Students Socialist party. The founders of the new movement issued a statement, declaring:

“World experience in this century shows that anti-Semitism is the most alarming symptom of tensions among negative forces which can put a stop to a country’s growth and development. It is also an index to the presence of unadapted or psychopathic personalities whose actions, projected into social and political fields, sharpen present difficulties and make impossible democratic cohesion.”

At the same time today, three Jews who were arrested last July in an armed clash between police and Jews guarding a synagogue during the height of the summer’s anti-Semitic incidents were released, but two Jews were continued under detention.

That announcement was made by Dr. Mariano Grondona, subsecretary of the Ministry of the Interior, who said the two Jews who were not released will be brought before a court for a hearing. The clash occurred in the Buenos Aires suburb of Caserros when police in an unmarked car were approached by the Jewish synagogue guards and shooting broke out. A police inspector was fatally wounded. The DAIA, representative body of Argentine Jewry, is dealing with the legal aspects of the case facing the two accused Jews.

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