Jews in Chile Are Neutral on Political Matters in Country

The executive board of the Representative Committee of Chilean Jews issued a statement today affirming its absolute neutrality on political matters in this country now in the throes of political and economic turmoil. The statement was issued. Committee president Gil Sinay said, in light of anti-Semitic statements contained in letters published in various newspapers criticizing government officials of Jewish origin. There are some 150 Jews in the government.

The statement noted that political neutrality was part of the statutes adopted by the Committee when it was founded in 1940. It stressed that every Jew who is a Chilean by birth or adoption participates in politics solely as an individual. Nobody may use the name of the Jewish community as a whole in political activities, and any expression in that sense is repudiated, the statement said. It added that the Committee rejected any attempt to make it appear that the Jewish community as such was for or against a particular regime or political orientation.

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