Italy Warns Tunisian Jews Against “premature Rejoicing” over American Landings

The 60,000 Jews in Tunisia were warned today over the Rome radio to abstain from “premature rejoicing” over the landing of American forces in North Africa.

At the same time it was reported here that Archbishop Bunot of Carthage, principal prelate of French North Africa, is playing an important role in in checking the barrage of violent anti-Jewish propaganda which Axis agents have loosed in Tunis. The Archbishop some time ago issued a pastoral letter in which he condemned the introduction of anti-Jewish laws into North Africa by the Vichy regime.

The Italian newspaper 11 Piccolo, published in Rome, yesterday quoted the Tunisian Arab newspaper El Zohra as reporting that the “Jews in Tunisia no longer disguise their joy over the American advances.” Axis radio stations in Germany and in Italy are sending broadcasts every hour in Arabic calling on the Arabs in Africa “to fight the Americans, the British and the Jews.”

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