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Anti-semitism in Algeria, Status of Moroccan Jews Discussed in French Chamber

The status of the Jews in two African colonies of France came up for discussion in the French chamber of deputies yesterday. Anti-Semitic incidents in Oran, the second largest city in Algeria, were taken up by Deputies Paul Faure and M. Fevrier, Socialists, while Professor Oualid raised the question of the complicated legal status of the Jews of Morocco.

Deputies Faure and Fevrier questioned the government on “the inconceivable attitude and provocation to violence and murder by Deputy Dr. Molle, mayor of Oran.” Dr. Molle, a representative of Algeria in the chamber of deputies, is known for his anti-Semitic agitation which becomes particularly bitter whenever he returns to Algeria from sessions of the chamber of deputies. Oran as about 25,000 Jews in a population of 150,000.

Professor Oualid, in discussing the legal position of the Moroccan Jews, pointed out that they were often subject to Moslem justice which is backward and unjust. He regretted that diplomatic relations between the Sultan of Morocco and France had operated to prevent Moroccan Jews from being granted French citizenship.

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