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Salonika Jews Protest Segregation at Polls

December 18, 1923
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Practically all Jewish voters boycotted the polls during the Greek electuon Sunday as a protest against the separate Jewish electoral sector. A protest against the segregation of the Jewish voters was lodged by the Kehillah directly the Revolutionary Council made known its decision. The Council replied, however, it was unable to alter the decision, declaring the purpose of the separate electoral sector was a means of determining the support of the non-native population toward the revolutionary regime. The Council promised to respect the constitutional rights of the Jews, offering them four seats in Parliament instead of three.

The Kehillah had agreed to these arrangements and advised the Jews to vote. Zionists and Jewish socialists, however, protested, calling mass meetings where abstention from the polls was urged and the resignation of the Kehillah demanded. The Kehillah was forced to withdraw the pro-election proclamation and the Jewish boycott of the polls was a complete as possible.

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