Hitlerism has gained entry into North Africa, where it is finding fertile soil, for the anti-Semitism of Max Regis and of Morinaud (both on the staff of the notorious Le Voix Tunisien) had previously become popular. The Algerian newspaper, La Presse Libre, which heretofore has been only the organ of a mild reaction, has now openly allied itself with anti-Semitism. Thus this paper recently carried an attack on the grain exchange of Algiers, calling its members “straw men of international Jewish high finance, among them only two French Jews.” Further on there are the usual swastikan phrases about “Jewish poison” which is “undermining” the nation. On this occasion the paper demands the closing of the grain market and the expulsion of Jews from economic life.
Under the heading, “Let us be on our guard!”, the Revisionist organ, Le Reveil Juif, which for a long time has been carrying on a heroic struggle against Tunisian anti-Semitism, sees itself compelled, under this aspect of the anti-Jewish attacks, to call attention to the dangers of the new outbreak of anti-Semitism.
Le Reveil Juif writes:
“The number of anti-Semitic newspapers grows from day to day. At the same time, the anti-Jewish excesses increase. In Morocco recently there were street fights, about which the whole French press carried reports. In Tunis, German Reich tourists, Swastika buttons in their lapels, called out provoking interruptions. In Algiers the tension is sharpening. In Konstantine (Algiers) there were recently bloody encounters which were not even mentioned by the press, after they had been incited by the anti-Semitic newspaper L’Eclair.
“In general the impression here is that the anti-Jewish propaganda is being staged by a ‘foreign power’ which makes no secret of carrying the fight against the Jews into every country. The financial support of this propaganda, too, comes from this foreign power (which is, obviously, Swastika Germany).
“The authorities of Algiers are endeavoring to ascertain the ### ground sources of this propaga# although their origin is plain ### everyone.
“This propaganda,” Le R### Juif writes, “is, in the last anal### also aimed at France, with the ### tention of shattering her positi# affairs of North African colo###tion.”The Jewish population of N### Africa looks forward to fu### events with determination and ### in the light of France’s his### democratic policy.