HC Deb 11 August 1919 vol 119 cc880-1
73. Mr. RAPER

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the percentage of Jews in Central Russia is estimated to be only 2 per cent. of the total population, which is mainly Christian; and whether he has any information to the effect that the various departments of the Bolshevist Government, which claims to be the national Government of Russia, are mainly controlled by Jews?


The most recent statistics I have seen give the percentage of Jews in European Russia as 4 per cent. of the total population. The answer to the last portion of the hon. Member's question is in the affirmative.


Is my hon. Friend aware that a considerable amount of prejudice is being excited in this country on account of the statement that the Bolshevik movement is headed by Jews, and would it not be better to take measures to enlighten the country as to the real character of these Bolshevik Jews?


I would ask my hon. Friend to accept the answer I have given, which covers this question.


Would not the best way be to prevent my hon. Friend from asking questions designed to create prejudice against the Jews?

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