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Argentine Parliament Criticized for Inaction on Anti-semitism

The Argentine Parliament was criticized here today for lack of reaction to anti-Jewish activities in Argentina, The criticism was voiced at a luncheon sponsored by the DAIA, central representative body of Argentine Jewry, which was attended by members of all factions in the Argentine Chamber of Deputies.

Dr. Isaac Goldenberg, DAIA president, told the luncheon guests that those who should act against such activities were “rationalizing” the situation by blaming “irresponsible” youths for the anti-Jewish incidents. He warned that the people were astonished by the “immunity and nonchalance” of the perpetrators of the acts and concerned over the lack of response by Parliament.

Dr. Arturo Mor Roig, president of the Chamber of Deputies, in replying, stressed the responsibility of a democratic society to deal with such problems. Argentine Vice-President Carlos Perette declared, in a message to the luncheon, that Argentine President Illia had said that his Governement “wourld not tolerate divisions or discriminations based on race, color, creed or religion.”

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Juan Palmero announced today he had asked Justice and Education Minister Alconada Aramburu to instruct Government attorneys to prosecute the left-wing Tacuara movement for published statements tending to incite to violence and delinquency. Orders for similar actions were sent to the Governors of Santa Fe, Buenos Aires, Entre Rios, Tucuman and Salta. A leader of the leftwing Tacuara, Patricio Pueyrredon, its national secretary, previously announced at a press conference that his movement was “mortally anti-Zionist” and would fight Zionism with guns if necessary.

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