“The Jews of Great Britain as a community have no particular sympathy for any of the political parties; they vote not as Jews, but as Englishmen”, declared Mr. Henriques, President of the Board of Jewish Deputies at its monthly meeting.
In wishing success to the various members of the Board who are now seeking election to Parliament, President Henriques stated, “There is no occasion for a Jewish vote in Great Britain. The Jews of England have no particular grievances, enjoying absolute freedom and, having the franchise, it is their duty to use it for the general welfare of the country, as well as their own welfare.
“The best evidence that there is no particular Jewish vote in the country is the fact that the Jewish candidates are distributed almost equally among the three political parties which represent the opinion of the country.
Answering the question as to what should be the attitude of the Jews in a constituency where the candidate is anti-Semitic, President Henriques stated that if the voters regard anti-Semitism as bad for the country, they are entitled to vote against the candidate.
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