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Mussolini Takes Exception to Terminology Used by Italian Zionists

December 3, 1928
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Asks Whether Jews Consider Themselves Nationality or Religion (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

An article in the “Popolo di Romo”, which the London Daily Telegraph attributes to Premier Mussolini, discusses the recent Italian Zionist Congress and takes exception to the terminology employed by Zionists in that country.

Il Duce is surprised to hear the Italian Zionists speak of the Hebrew race, the Hebrew people and the Hebrew nation without referring to religion. He takes exception to this attitude of Italian Zionists regarding nationality and asks sharply whether they consider themselves a nationality or a religion. The object of this question is not to create anti-Semitism, which does not exist in Italy, the writer declares recalling that three Italian premiers were Jews, but for the purpose of being informed as to how things stand and for drawing the proper inference. The article does not suggest what inference the writer intends to draw, but the “Daily Telegraph” thinks the language employed by the Italian Zionists has caused irritation to the Fascist dictator.

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