Argentine President Rejects Reports About Alleged Anti-semitism

President Ongania told the executive committee of the Foreign Press Association here yesterday that only uninformed persons could believe that Argentina would permit racist attitudes which “are loathsome to its tradition of freedom and defense of human dignity.” The president apparently was referring to recurrent press reports overseas about anti-Semitic developments under his regime.

(The New York Times reported from Buenos Aires that Argentine Jews were confused by some apparently conflicting actions of the Ongania military regime. Typical comments from Argentine Jews were that they became second class citizens when the new regime took power, but also that Argentine Jewry has never felt so well protected as it was under the new regime. Another interviewee said that the Ongania regime was “the most ultra-Catholic” in a generation but added: “Argentine Jews have never had so much support from the church.”)

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