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Proposal to Bar Jews from British Public Office Defeated

July 27, 1923
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The position of the Jew in England was both defended and assailed at the annual conference of the “Constitutional Movement” which met here Saturday.

The conference adopted a proposal sponsored by one of its delegates, Captain Wilson, which called upon the Parliament to pass a law barring all those who were not British for at least three generations back from holding public office in England, whether in the State or municipality.

In speaking of his proposal, Wilson declared that as regards the Jews, they were always “aliens” and should never be permitted to hold office. This statement of Wilson was attacked by other delegates who declared that the Jews were as good British subjects as those of any of the other elements of the population.

The conference finally settled the matter by adopting an addendum to the resolution declaring it their belief that Jews whose families have been in Britain for three generations back should also be entitled to hold public office.

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