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Small Argentine Jewish Community Target of Anti-semitic Slurs

The small Jewish community of Salta, in northwest Argentina, has been subject to a series of anti-Semitic incitement in the last several weeks, the World Jewish Congress reported today.

Among the latest of the incidents cited by the Latin American branch of the WJC, was a statement by Martin Pfister, a priest and lecturer at the Catholic University of Salta, against what he termed “Zionist perfidy.” In the same university, another Catholic priest, Ernesto Escobar Saravia, denounced the “messianic mission” which he said Zionist Jews attribute to themselves in seeking to rule the world.

In addition to these pronouncements, “Patria,” a Salta weekly which is blatantly anti-Semitic, printed an article entitled “Ovens for the Jews at the University. ” The article is replete with Nazi insinuations and attacks on Osvaldo Camisar, former president of the Jewish Community of Salta, elected in the recent elections to the National Parliament for the Province of Salta as a representative of President Raul Alfonsin’s Radical Party.

At its meeting yesterday here, the DAIA, the representative body of Argentine Jewry and the WJC affiliate here, decided to immediately intervene with the central authorities in support of the Salta Jewish community.

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