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Daia Calls on Government to Eliminate Anti-jewish Hatred, Cites Exhibition Fire

The DAIA, central representative body of Argentine Jewry, called on the Government yesterday to take steps to eliminate anti-Semitic propaganda and other activities that openly incite hatred of Jews. The group, which held a special session attended by Jewish leaders from the provinces, referred to the fire that destroyed a $2 million Israeli exhibition at the fairgrounds here last week as “vandalism.” They insisted that the circumstances surrounding the blaze indicated that it was of “criminal” origin and urged that this fact should not be “diluted” before public opinion.

The DAIA statement was obviously aimed at the Argentine Minister of Interior, Dr. Guillermo Borda, who said yesterday that insufficient evidence exists so far to say categorically that sabotage was involved in the fire. Dr. Borda also said that the possibility that it was accidental “could not be excluded.”