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Court Soon to Review Danzig Plea

July 19, 1935
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The Committee of Jurists appointed by the League of Nations to review the various petitions presented to the League against acts of the Danzig Senate, will meet before the end of this month, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned today.

The Committee of Jurists will examine the petitions presented by Jews, Catholics and other bodies, and will present its report at the next session of the League, which will begin September 5. Captain Anthony Eden, the British diplomat, will be raporteur.

The petition of the Jews of Danzig against the present administration of the Free City was submitted to the League at its last session. It charged the Nazi-controlled Senate of the Free City with passing unconstitutional laws affecting the rights of Jews in Danzig.

It demanded that the League force the Danzig Senate to abide by the constitution of the Free City, which guarantees the equality of all nationals of Danzig before the law. “Exceptional laws,” reads paragraph 73 of the Danzig constitution, “shall be inadmissible. All men and women in Danzig shall have the same civil rights and duties. No legal privileges or disqualifications shall be practiced due to religion, birth or position.”

The Jews of Danzig charged that nine laws abrogating Jewish rights were passed by the Danzig Senate since the Nazis gained a majority there, that the anti-Jewish boycott is being conducted with the support of the administration, and that in general the provisions of the League of Nations with regard to national minorities are being violated.

The body of jurists was appointed to investigate the petitions and file a report, following the declaration of the president of the Danzig Senate that the Danzig government would be ready to repeal its anti-Jewish legislation if the unconstitutionality of these acts were established by a committee of jurists appointed by the League.

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