Poles Threaten Minority Rights
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Poles Threaten Minority Rights

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A Polish proposal asking for revision of the national minority treaties in order to extend them to include all members of the League of Nations will come up before the general session of the League on Sept. 12, according to the belief expressed in League circles today.

The Polish proposal was included in the official agenda of the League session beginning on Sept. 10. In diplomatic circles it is held that the proposal is certain to injure Jewish rights, not only in Poland, but also in all other countries where minority rights exist.

Recently the Polish government announced it would bring the whole matter of minority rights before the League. The Polish proposal is held to be a maneuver to get rid of its obligations without the stigma of having repudiated them. It is known that for a long time the Polish government felt that the minority rights clauses of the Versailles Treaty and the Covenant of the League of Nations were a heavy burden and proposed to get rid of them at the first opportunity.

The 3,000,000 Polish Jews are primarily affected and stand to lose much if the minority obligations are repudiated. The action of the Polish government, it is held, is certain to be followed by similar action by other East European and Succession States anxious to avoid treating Jewish and other minorities as such.

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