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Ghetto Code Enacted by Afghanistan

May 15, 1935
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“Ghetto laws” obligating the Jewish population to wear special clothes, with red flags across their breasts and with a rope around their hips have been enacted by the government of Afghanistan, according to a report which reached Palestine today.

The new code forbids Jews to shave their beards and to ride in the streets. Jewish women are not to wear stockings and are not allowed to appear in public markets.


Other restrictions imposed upon the Jews by this order provide that the Jews must build their houses at a certain distance from the Mosques. The roofs of the Jewish houses are not to be higher than those of Moslem homes.

The Jewish population in Afghanistan has been discriminated against by the local authorities for a long time but never has this discrimination assumed such a serious character as indicated by the present order, which puts the status of the Jews on the same level as in the Middle Ages.

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