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Venizelos Disclaims Party Anti-semitism

January 14, 1934
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In the course of an interview with a Jewish personage of Salonica, M. El-evtherios Venizelos, leader of the Venizelist Party and of the Bloc of Opposition Parties in Greece, expressed his regret on the subject of the changed relations between his party and the Jews of Salonica. M. Venizelos was reminded that this change was the result of the innumerable anti-Semitic campaigns that have for a long time been conducted by the Salonica Venizelists, and the ex-President of the Council declared himself ready to intervene personally, in order to contribute to a reconciliation.

This declaration is considered to be a disavowal of the anti-Semitic policy of the Venizelist leaders of Salonica. During the latest anti-Jewish campaigns M. Venizelos had first declared that he left the Salonica leaders of the party free to conduct an anti-Jewish campaign, if they considered it necessary during the electins. M. Venizelos had also not replied to an open letter that a Jewish ex-deputy had addressed to him, asking him whether he approved or disapproved of the anti-Jewish articles in his Party press.

The Chief of the Salonica Police, M. Guiiserlis, has made a statement to the Minister of the Interior on the problems connected with the maintenance of order in Salonica, in connection with the campaigns that are conducted against the Jews by the nationalist organization “E.E.E.” This organization, the Chief of Police declared, is a danger to the peace. The Minister of the Interior decided to request the President of the Council definitely to confirm his decision to dissolve the “E.E.E.”

The dissensions which have broken out between the leaders of the “E.E.E.” still continue, and the pressis continually publishing “revelations” about the leaders of the organizations. Thus Makedonia resumes its anti-Semitic campaign: “We say to the Jews quite unequivocally that they must make an end of their anti-Greek activities, and we shall not allow them to continue their perfidious work of disintegration.”

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