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Turkish Jewish Leaders Urge Government Inquiry into Charge of Disloyalty

March 3, 1926
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

A delegation of Turkish Jews left for Angora, the seat of the Kemal Pasha government, to express the loyalty of the Turkish Jews toward the Republic of Turkey and to protest against the anti-Jewish campaign conducted by the press.

The delegation consists of ex-deputy Mazliach of Smyrna, Abraham Galante, professor at the University of Constantinople, Messrs. Gadd Franco and Simon Levy, attorneys, and Henri Soriano, founder of the B’nai B’rith High School in Constantinopie.

While at Angora the delegation will appear before the Government Council and present a plan for the future administration of the affairs of the Jewish communities in the Turkish Republic on the principle of separation of secular and religious matters.

The demand that an official inquiry be made by the government into the alleged despatch by 300 Jews in Turkey of a message of loyalty to Spain be made immediately. was voiced in a telegram sent to Angora yesterday by leaders of the Jewish community in Constantinople. The demand was formulated on behalf of 22,000 Jews of the Galata, Pera and Chichli districts of Constantinople and was signed by Marco Naoum. president of the Kehillah, and Philon Fresco, secretary.

“An official inquiry into this matter must be made immediately, since the charge of disloyalty affects the honor and the future of the Jewish population in the Republic,” the Jewish leaders urged in their telegram.

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