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The Jewish Outlook
Vol. V. No. 25.
Nine years have passed since Leo
pold Iliisner. tin l poor Jewish boot
maker’s apprentice, was sentenced to
death for alleged ritual murder. Hid
during this period public conscience
laid been aroused again and again, for
Iliisner's condemnation is considered
a shameful miscarriage of Austrian
.justice. Kvcn today one becomes per
fectly bewildered on perusing the re
port of the trial in finding that the
.judges who condemned him were
working under anti-Semitic influences.
Ity this cnndruuintion the belief in
ritual murder has been revived and
fostered, and. to a certain extent, its
existence lias been sanctioned by the
state. I tut public opinion did not al
low itself to be influenced by anti-
Semitic baseness. Ililsner’s mother
sent her son"s sad letters from prison
to the newspapers, and in every one
of these letters he proclaimed his in
nocence. Not only Jews, but all true
(’liristians. are convinced that Iliisner
has been morally murdered by the
Law Courts. That excellent Viennese
lawyer. Dr. Friedrich Klbogen. has
succeeded .ill forming a committee
which is composed of many of the
foremost men ill Austria, and they
have made it their object to obtain
pardon for Iliisner from the Knipero"
Francis Josef. The petition for a par
don drafted by Doctor Klbogen has
been circulated in hundreds of thou
sands of copies throughout Austria.
In order to strengthen the petition In
an imposing manifestation, the com
mittee convened a mass meeting re
cently in one of the most important
halls in the city, at which 2.i»00 per
soiis of all classes of society were pres
ent. Ucpresentstives of the aristoc
racy ami of the learned world were
particularly prominent. Several mem
bers of the audience came from Buda
pest. among them Count lladik. tin’
well-known member of the Iliingariai.
Chamber of Deputies.
Doctor Klbogen's speech was the
most instructive and important and
most damaging to the prosecution that
has been heard on this ease up to now.
In the course of his speech he said:
“This imposing meeting, the many
thousand id’ expressions of approval
which I have received from both hemi
spheres. from all shades of society and
party, from the circles of the highest
aristocracy both in intellect and birth,
even from my most, determined politi
cal opponents, are the most gratifying
proof of the fact, that in all this mud
dle and destruction the solidity of the
feeling for justice is the indestructi
ble moral tie that keeps us together.
How wrong have the pessimists been
who warned me not to undertake this
campaign. Nine years have passed
since a poor wretch has been pining
for freedom and release in his dark
prison-cell—and still they preach pa
tience. lfow much longer? Until the
strength of arguments will have soft
ened the interests of commercial anti-
Semitism? No! poor Iliisner cannot
wait any longer. I have found that
even the anti-Semitic party cannot
A'g* $ ournal Devoted to the Communities of the Rocky Mountain Region
The (???) Case
hide their sense of being ashnmed of
the Ililsner orgie. They would like
to say: Ililsner has paid his forfeit:
Ililsner may go. But I have lost my
patience, and, thank goodness, there
are still men left whose, patience is
also exhausted.” Doctor Glbogen then
dealt with Ililsner's trial, and eon
eluded his speech amidst vociferous
(•heel’s with an impassioned appeal foi*
I availed myself of the opportunity
to ask Doctor Klhogen for further in
formation. Doctor Klhogen received
me with the greatest kindness, and
said: “Voii will easily understand
that in such a delicate affair one can
not In* too cautious. I can also under
stand the great interest you display
in this matter. Hut if I say much now
I may destroy all the thread I have
woven with so much trouble and ditli
eulty. I can only tell you this much:
I have received a letter, the contents
of which gives me reason to hope that
the murder may be traced to its
source. Will'll I tell you tlial I think
this letter is very promising, you can
estimate these words at. their true
value. 1 well remember that the Jew
ish Chronicle joined in the fight for
Ililsner at the time of the trial with
most, coiniiiendable energy, aud i>nl>-
lislied some valuable and interesting
articles on this affair. Therefore. I
shall not withhold any new fact from
that paper. Hut things must mature
The anti-Semitic press, however, is
raging, and abuses Jewry in the vil
est possible way. Hut as the anti-Sem
ites see that other Christian circles
mimencing to believe in Ilils
ner's innocence, they change their
front and say, “We also want the ease
to be re-opened.” In doing so. the\
are actuated by the hope that the two
anti-Semitic members of the govern
ment may facilitate a new conviction.
Hut this hope is weak, for public
opinion is turning against the mis
chief-makers. It is desirable that the
action of members of the Chamber
should proceed hand-in-hand with
that of Doctor Klhogen to permit of
a general attack. Let us trust that
such an alliance may be concluded in
the interests of the poor prisoner, in
the interests of Jcwrv itself.
Reconciliation and Collaboration
of Religions
At the moment when Judaism ami
Christianity are celebratinjr the Feast
of Passover, that is to say the feast
of life, of movement, of revival of lib
erty. of tlie ever irlorious resurrection
in whatever way it may be interpreted,
il is not without interest to consider
whether the religions may not come to
an imderßtn.ndin.sr instead of fisrhtinsr
inch other, to lend moral support in
stead of injuring each other, to unite
their efforts for the welfare of hu
manity and the realization of the eom
mon ideal of justice and truth which
is their best raison d’etre, the power
ful source, ever fresh and limpid, of
their influence in the world. — Uni vers
Israelite, Paris.
Denver, Colorado, April 17, 1908
Outrages on Jews at Jaffa
An event of extreme gravity, and
without precedent in the history of
Turkey, has occurred at Jaffa. En
couraged by the hostile attitude of the
Kaimukam of the town towards the
Jews, attacks upon them by Arab ruf
fians have of late become frequent, es
pecially as no punishment was meted
out to the offenders. One such en
counter between some Arabs and a
few Russian Jews took place on the
Kith inst. towards evening. This time,
however, those who were attacked, de
fended themselves, ami the principal
assailant was wounded. Immediately
upon the affray being reported at the
Serail (Courts of Justice), the Kai
niakum sent police and soldiers, ac
companied by the dragoman and ka
vass indicia! orderly) of the Russian
Consulate, to make arrests. They en
tered a Russian-Jewish lodging Imusi
and took into custody five Russia ti
de ws, who were terribly maltreated by
the police and soldiers as well as by
tlit* mob. as they were being taken to
prison. These police and soldiers,
with the kavass. but without the drag
oman, entered also a second Kussinu-
Jewisli lodging house kept by a Jew
named Spector. with a view of mak
ing further arrests, but having ascer
tained. that none of the inmates were
concerned in the affair, they left. At
this stage the matter could have
rested, and the Knimaknm should
have been satisfied with what he had
done. Hut the circumstances fur
nished too good an opportunity to lx
lost for him to indulge his rancour
against the Jews. By his direction the
police and soldiers appeared again be
fore Spector's house, and finding it
locked, they, accompanied by Arab
roughs armed with revolvers, sealed
the back wall of the premises, entered
the house, and began firing upon thus-*
assembled in the house, which was
filled with inoffensive people who wen:
celebrating Purim. Many were
wounded and roblied and much de
struction of property followed. Of
those wounded, thirteen had to la*
taken to the hospital, the state of some
of them being very critical. Among
the wounded was one. an elderly man.
who had only the same day arrived
from Odessa. Of those in the hospital
all. except one who is an American
citizen, are Russian-Jews.
Europeans and those of the better
class Arabs are unanimous in con
demning these cruel proceedings of the
Kaimakam. There has always been
hitherto a good feeling between the
Arabs and the Jews, and there can be
no doubt but that the sad occurrence
is the work of the Kaimakam. who
provoked the affair in order after
wards to explain it as a rebellious out
break on the part of the Jews. It is
hoped that the central government at
Constantinople, which has always been
friendly to our people, will deal
promptly and severely with the of
fending Kaimakam and his partizans,
as otherwise outbreaks of a like nature
are to be feared, which would imperil
not. only Jewish interests but the gen
eral peace of the populace. The Kai
makam last no time in making his re
port fo Constantinople, describing the
Fifth Year
affair as indicated, posing, no doubt,
as a hero who had nipped in the bud
the beginnings of a rebellion. But the
central government will have no diffi
culty in ascertaining the true facts.
The different consuls are certain to
make their reports to their respective
embassies, and they certainly can b*>
expected to be impartial. The Hussion
vice consul at Jaffa seems, at the out
set. to have been duped by the Kai
niakam. but the consul-general here
proceeded to Jaffa and personally in
vestigated the affair on the spot, and
will no doubt rectify any wrong im
pression erroneously given by the vice
consul. It is also hoped that the haul
ing men of the Jewish community in
Constantinople, aided by the vt
able Chaelunn Bashi, will lost* no time
in laying the grievances of the Jewish
population at Jaffa before the Sultan,
who lias always had uninterrupted
proof of the loyalty of the Jewish por
t ion of his subjects.
Two of the wounded Jews have
since succumbed to their injuries, and
two more are not expected to live
Deputations from Jaffa have waited
on the Pasha under whose jurisdiction
the Kaimnkum stands. The Pasha has
assured them that justice will be done,
and lias asked them not to appeal Cor
help to the European powers. At
present, telegrams, either to or from
Europe, are not allowed to pass with
out being submitted to the Pasha, and
no telegram except those representing
flu* attack as one organized by Jews
upon the Moslems has been permitted
to bo forwarded from Jaffa or Jeru
Tbe following telegram from this
Jaffa community to the Sublime Port
was sent immediately by messenger t-i
Port Said, to be telegraphed fr<»m
“Tbe Jews of Jaffa la*g to inform
your Excellency that the Kaimakaii.
Assaf Bey, at the head of a group of
soldiers and gendarmes, attacked the
Jews in the streets and in their houses,
the soldiers being ordered to fire on
them without any legal reason being
offered. Thirteen Jews have been
wounded. This is tbe natural result
of the persecutions directed against
the Jews by Assaf Bey in the district
of Jaffa, which had been peaceful
prior to his arrival. We implore you
to order a thorough inquiry and to
take effective measures to protect our
lives and property.”
A Feast of Redemption
We can read!'.., imagine the feelings
of the unhappy victims of ill treat
ment. and persecution if the black
clouds of suffering were suddenly
lifted; if they could suddenly ex
claim : “Free and happy, we are mas
ters in a blessed land, in which noth
ing is wanting to us; in which we can
cat our bread without having to strug
gle for it.” How joyously would they,
restored to life, celebrate the festival;
how triumphantly would they sing a
Hallelujah of deliverance in honor of
God. the Redeemer. —Nieuw IsraclU
isch Wcekblad, Amsterdam,

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