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Roumanian Press Unites in Demand for Stern Measures to Suppress Attacks on Jews

July 17, 1930
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The entire Roumanian press, particularly the Bucharest papers, is expressing alarm at the government’s inability or failure to put an end to the recurring and spreading anti-Semitic disturbances that have been agitating the country for more than a fortnight. The organ of Professor Nicolai Jorga, the “Neamul Romanese,” the “Lupta,” the “Adverul” and the “Dreptatea,” the latter the government party’s official spokesman, are unanimous in urging that strenuous measures be taken to suppress the attacks against the Jews.

“We are without public order, any ruffian who desires can cause disturbances,” writes the organ of Professor Jorga who is high in the councils of King Carol, having been instrumental in his return to power. Recalling the excesses at Barlaceana, Saturday, where twenty Jewish houses were entirely demolished, including the synagogue, and a number of Jews injured, the “Adverul” warns the government against a repetition of the anti-Semitic peasants’ revolt of 1907, reminding the government that after Jewish blood had been shed the blood of the peasants also flowed and this was followed by the downfall of the government which created chaos.

While the “Adverul” asks Premier Maniu to grasp the importance of the attacks on the Jews before it is too late, the “Lupta” says that the last hour has come if no serious and sincere measures are taken to suppress the disturbances. The government’s spokesman, the “Dreptatea,” writes that it is high time to reestablish order and says that the government is chiefly concerned because throughout the recent disorders the Christian leaders revealed a complete lack of a sense of responsibility.

In the meantime Senator Meyer Ebner and other Jewish members of Parliament as well as the officials of the Jewish communities affected by the disturbances or by their repercussions have telegraphed in alarm to King Carol, members of the cabinet and to Archbishop Christea. In the wire to the latter it is pointed out that many village priests are actively engaged in anti-Semitic agitation.

Dr. William Filderman, president of the Union of Roumanian Jews, has invited representatives of the districts in which the disturbances have occurred to come to Bucharest to aid in the preparation of a protest based on the facts and to lend their influence in intervention with the highest authorities in the capital.

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