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Peron Repudiates Anti-semitism; Will Instruct U.N. Delegate to Back Palestine Demands

August 23, 1946
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Admitting the existence of “certain anti-Semitic factors” in Argentine, President Juan Peron said today that the general attitude of the Argentine people is opposed to anti-Semitism.

Receiving Dr. Moises Goldman, president of the DAIA, central Jewish body, and Moises Toff, Latin-American representative of the Jewish Agency, Gen. Peron said that his experience in Europe, where he had witnessed considerable racial hatred, taught him to repudiate anti-Semitism, Minister of the Interior Angel Borlengchi was present at the interview.

Peron told the delegation that he would instruct the Argentine representative to the United Nations to support the Jewish demands on Palestine. Foreign Secretary Juan Bramuglia received Mr. Toff earlier, and assured him that he “will follow the American line in supporting the creation of a Jewish State in Palestine as an integral solution of the Jewish problem.”


The War Ministry has denied charges that anti-Jewish feelings are prevalent in the ranks of the Argentine Army. The charges were voiced by Silvano Santander, leader of the Radical Party.

In reply to these charges, the War Ministry made public a communication addressed last year to the DAIA, informing the Jewish leaders that the provision under which only people of Catholic faith could enter the Military College has been lifted.

The Radical Party, which represents the liberal-democratic opposition to President Peron’s government, has adopted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in the country and calling for the solution of the Palestine problem in a “spirit of justice and equality within the principles of the Balfour Declaration.” The party specifically denounced the recent attack upon a Jewish intern at a local medical school hospital and the threats made to three others.

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