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July 31, 1964 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1964-07-31

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Actions of 19th Century Greek Jew
Sparked Diplomatic Crisis in Europe


On one 19th Century occasion,
according to Marcus Arkin in Jew-
ish Affairs, the private business
of a Jewish merchant not only
caused the near-downfall of a
British cabinet and established the
reputation of Lord Palmerston as
one of the greatest parliamentary
debaters of his t i m e, but also
generated an international rumpus
which brought the major Euro-
pean powers to the brink of war.
David ("Don") Pacifico was a
Portuguese Jew, who, because he
had been born at Gibraltar in 1784,
was able to claim he was a British
subject. Between 1837 and 1842 he
served as Portuguese consul gen-
eral in Greece, afterward living in
Athens as a merchant.
The ancient religious anti-
Semitism of Greece was supple-
mented by commercial rivalry.
However, in deference to Baron
Rothchild, visiting Athens dur-
ing Easter 1847, Greek authori-
ties banned the customary burn-
ing in _effigy of Judas Iscariot.
Deprived of this tradition, the
mob set fire to the house of
David Pacifico, which stood near
the usual spot of the burning.
Pacifico recalled the site of his
birth and appealed to the British
Foreign Office for restitution on.
grounds that he was a British sub-
ject. Lord Palmerston, the British
foreign minister, believed that
both France and Russia were sup-
porting Greek recalcitrance in
matters of redress, and the Paci-
fico affair gave him a pretext
to adopt a more forceful policy
in Greek affairs.
The British ambassador present-
ed an ultimatum to King Otto,
which was rejected, and a blockade
was ordered until sufficient Greek
shipping could be seized to cover
Pacifico's claims, even though
many of them were grossly ex-
France and Russia, the other
guarantors of Greek independence,
did not like the assumption that
the British could arbitrarily block-
ade Greek ports.
Palmerston began to lose the
support of his own cabinet. The
government's T or y opponents
moved and carried a vote of cen-
sure in the House of Lords, and
the ministry was on the verge of
Palmerston then addressed an

Maritain's 'Existence' Canadian Jews Aid More No. Africans

In his "Existence and the Exis-
tent," the eminent Catholic scholar, nadian Jewish Congress and the
Jacques Maritain, sums up 30 years
Jewish Immigrant Aid Society
meditation and teaching.
here have submitted to Canadian
The Pantheon - published book immigration officials the applica-
presents his concept of a Christian tions of 270 more North African
philosopher's concept of intellect. Jewish families, involving 1,050
He views the fears as dreaded by persons, under the occupational
atheistic existentialists as being criteria.
aroused by bewilderment that
Included among the current
comes from imperfect knowledge.
applicants in that category 237
Jewish families, totaling 883
Jacob Shalem, a promising Is-
from Morocco; and 32
raeli tennis player, defeated the
Turkish junior national champ, Jewish families from Tunisia,
6-0, 10-8, during a tournament in totaling 121 persons.

appeal to the patriotic pride of
his fellow countrymen which
proved irresistible even to the
eloquence of skilled opponents.
A vote of confidence in the
governement's foreign policy
Palmerston soon found means
of mollifying France, but already
strained relations with Russia
festered slowly after this incident
until they erupted into the Cri-
mean War—all because of a Jew-
ish merchant in Athens.

stated, 350 applications were sub-
mitted from North African Jew-
ish families under the "close rela-
tives" plan, and about half of these
have been approved for entry in

Twenty applications were sub-
mitted on behalf of Jewish teach-
ers of French. About 30 Jewish
immigrants from North Africa are
now employed as French teachers
and specialists by the Protestant
School Board of Montreal.

In addition, the CJC and JIAS 110
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