CZERNOWITZ, Rumania (Jan. 5)
The measure prohibiting collection of Zionist funds without special permits, which to date have not been issued, is part of a general anti-Zionist drive, it was charged today by Jewish newspapers here.
In addition to confiscation of Zionist funds, the papers report arrests of Zionist leaders, prohibition of Zionist meetings and conferences, and arrests and beatings of chalutzim.
According to the Zionist press, this situation has been precipitated by the anti-Semitic newspapers Universal and Curentul, which have raised an alarm against “the heavy Rumanian cash that goes to Palestine.”
The Zionist organ Unzer Zeit, in an editorial today, contends that Rumanian exports to Palestine are incomparably greater in value than the insignificant sums which the Zionists collect for Palestine.
“The real reason why Zionism is now persecuted,” the paper charges, “is because the Zionists are Jews,” adding that everything Jewish, irrespective of its legality, is open to persecution under the present anti-Jewish Rumanian policy.