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Sees Growing Undercurrent of Anti-semitism in South Africa

August 20, 1930
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Although there is seemingly no anti-Semitism there is a great deal of it under the surface and it is growing in South Africa, declared Morris Kentridge, Jewish Labor member of the South African parliament, in an interview here with the “Jewish Chronicle.” The covert anti-Semitism was demonstrated, Mr. Kentridge said, by the recently enacted immigration law which intended to exclude Jews from South Africa, and the near passage of the Humane Slaughter Bill, which is aimed at schechita.

Generally speaking the situation of the South African Jews is good, Mr. Kentridge pointed out. He said that they have played an important role in the development of the mining industry and commerce and have been responsible for the establishment of some of the most important factories and the provision of a great deal of work for thousands of people. He also referred to a marked drift to the land by South African Jews.

Recalling that 99 percent of South African Jews are Zionists, Mr. Kentridge, who came here preparatory to a visit to Palestine, pointed out that South African Jewry is extremely disappointed at the recent attitude of Great Britain towards Palestine.

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