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December 2, 1928
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Jewish leaders in various parts of Roumania are greatly divided on the forthcoming election issue. The division finds expression in bitter controversies which are raging in the press and in public meetings.

Jewish members of the National Peasant Party, now in power, attack the leaders of the Union of Roumanian Jews of Bucharest, headed by Dr. William Filderman for concluding an alliance with the Liberal party. The Liberal party, they contend, is responsible for the anti-Jewish attacks which occurred while it was in power.

On the other hand, those Jewish leaders who are affiliated with the Liberal party and with the Lupa party contend that because of the fact that the Maniu government had included on its lists only such Jewish candidates as are affiliated with the Zionists and other nationalistic groups, non-Zionists were excluded and the number of Jewish representatives in parliament will thus be greatly reduced. They were, therefore, compelled to align themselves with the Liberal party and the Lupa party, until the contemplated election reform is enacted when it will be possible to consider the creation of a unified Jewish election bloc.

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