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Asked to Explain Attacks on Jews

February 8, 1923
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Senator Sanielvici has submitted a number of questions to the Government with reference to the recent wave of anti-Jewish violence sweeping over the country. The Senator’s questions were directed primarily to the Ministers of Interior and Public Instruction.

The first question to be put was whether the Government had any knowledge that “excesses” had taken place throughout the country; if so why no steps were taken looking to their prevention. The Senator asked also why the police did nothing to defend the Jewish students and what measures the Government was taking against these disturbances lasting several months and still continuing. The Government has not yet replied.

A meeting to protest the frequent attacks on Jews called for February 4 was prohibited by the local authorities. The Jews met in the Great Synagogue, where it was decided to petition the king for an audience in order to bring to his attention the complaints against the violence. Simultaneously Jewish organizations are addressing a memorandum to Parliament.

No abatement of the anti -Semitic students’ activities is to be noticed. New and more sweeping demands have been presented by them asking not only for the rigid enforcement of the percentage norm, and that Jewish students dissect Jewish corpses exclusively, but also for the introduction of restrictions in the naturalization law, as far as Jews are concerned, and prohibiting the settlement of foreign Jews on Roumanian soil.

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