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PERSIA.
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bassador. The Council have had the satisfaction of learning that the action taken in the matter has had the desired effect,
The Blood Accusation at Damascus.
At the time of the recent Easter Festival, the Jews in Damascus were for some days placed in groat danger, owing to the spreading of a report that they had murdered a Christian child in order to use its blood for ritual purposes. But for the energy and prompt action of the Governor-General in effectually protecting the Jewish quarter, a massacre of its inhabitants would have taken place. Several Jews, including Rabbis and children, were more or less severely maltreated; and a funeral procession was stopped and forced to turn back. The body of the missing child was eventually found in the well of a house occupied by a Christian, and a post-mortem examination proved that no blood had been extracted. The Council were informed that Mr. Dickson, the British Consul, alone among the Consular body, had offered to the Chief Rabbi the support of his valuable influence in protecting the Jews. This offer the Chief Rabbi only declined for the reason that the Government authorities had thoroughly done their duty. In consideration of Mr. Dickson's humane attitude, the Council have, through the Foreign Office, conveyed to him their grateful thanks.
VI.—PERSIA.
Deputation to the Siiah.
In accordance with the announcement made in the last Annual Report, an address of welcome, on the part of this Association and the Board of Deputies, was presented to His Majesty the Shah of Persia during his visit to this country. The address was presented at Buckingham Palace on the 4th of July by a deputation consisting of Lord Rothschild, Sir Julian Goldsmid, Bart., MP., Sir Albert Sassoon, C.S.I., Mr. Joseph Sebag Montefiore, and Mr. Reuben
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