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Anti-semitic Pamphlet Spreading Rapidly in Argentina Among Workers

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A rightwing politician’s anti-Semitic pamphlet in the style of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, is spreading rapidly in Argentina, particularly in the southern region of the country and among factory workers. The Jewish community, through its representative body, the DAIA, has expressed growing concern, especially as the newspaper, Noticias, in the provincial city of Tucuman, has accepted the allegations against Jews as fact and continues in its editorials to demand a full-scale investigation by all government agencies.

The charge, that Jews are plotting to dismember Argentina and create a Jewish State in Patagonia, the country’s southernmost province, was first made two months ago by Dr. Beveraggi Allende, a political science professor, in an open letter to Jose Rucci, secretary-general of the powerful Peronista General Confederation of Labor. Allende claimed that virtually all facets of life in Argentina were controlled by Jews.

Noticias gave the Allende letter front page prominence. Yesterday, it urged in an editorial that “The enemies of the country must be fought energetically” and demanded rigorous punishment for the alleged conspirators. The newspaper castigated government authorities for “not having intervened in this matter notwithstanding the gravity of the purposes attributed to the Jewish community in Argentina.” According to Noticias, this encourages “speculation with our economic needs and political divisions.”

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