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Cairo Government Says Only Egyptian Jews Can Go to Palestine; Bars Visas for Aliens

The Egyptian Government today informed Chief Rabbi Chaim Nahoum Effendi that it does not discriminate between Jewish and non-Jewish citizens in issuing exit visas for Palestine.

Answering Rabbi Nahoum’s protests that Jews in Egypt were not permitted to leave the country for Palestine, an under-secretary of state told him that Egyptian Jews were free to leave, but foreign Jews residing in Egypt are barred from travelling to Palestine under a temporary regulation recently issued by the passport department. At least 70 percent of the Jews in Egypt come under the category of resident foreigners, it was pointed out here.