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League of Nations Societies and the Jews

July 13, 1923
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The conference of the Federation of the League of Nations Societies was concluded here on Wednesday, June 27.

The J.T.A. representative learns that the Secretariat has received a memorandum from the Committee of Jewish Delegations in Paris protesting against the numerus clausus project in Poland. The question was not raised, however publically at the conference but has been submitted to the General Council for consideration. No Jewish question at all has been touched upon at the conference owing to the fact that there was no Jewish body represented.

The conference had also on its agenda the question of minority rights. From its inception the Federation has devoted itself to the Minorities question. It has set up a special commission to investigate conditions in the various countries in relation to the question, and a number of resolutions affecting it have been adopted at previous conferences, in consequence of which vigorous protests have been made by the representatives of the Federation in Poland, Roumania, Czdcho Slovakia and Jugo-Slavia.

The special commission for minority affairs has continued its work during the past year. At one meeting held in February at Basle, a special sub commission was appointed to consider the question of the establishment of a permanent Consultative Bureau for minorities, the foundation of a Minorities Commission at the Permanent International Tribunal the recognition under certain conditions of the legal rights of minorities, and the representation of the minorities in the league of Nations, and especially on the League Secretariat.

Prof. T. Ruyssen, the General Secretary of the Federation of the League of Nations Societies, is know to be extremely sympathetic to the cause of the minority nationalities, and he has taken great interest in the position of the Jews in particular. During his recent visits to Latvia, Estnonia, Poland, and Lithuania, he made use of the opportunity to acquaint himself with the conditions under which the Jewish populations of those countries are living, and he came into intimate contact with the Jewish representatives in those countries.

The Committee of Jewish Delegations in Paris is in constant close touch with Prof. Ruyssen, and not long ago Mr. M. Aleinikoff, representative of the Committee, paid a visit to him in Brussels to discuss matters affecting Jewish minority rights.

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