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Israel Government Asked to Rescue Afghanistan Jews; Cruel Treatment Reported

An appeal to the Israel Government to make “vigorous efforts” to save the Jews in Afghanisten was directed here today by the Council of Afghan Jews in Israel. The appeal emphasized that Jews in Afghanistan are now subjected to the most cruel treatment and are being deprived of their means of livelihood.

Enumerating the restrictions the authorities in Afghanistan now impose on Jews, the appeal says that the affected Jewish population is practically compelled to sell all of its belongings and “is confronted with hardships and with sordid misery.” Other reports received here from Afghanistan indicate that every soldier and policeman there takes the law into his own hands with regard to Jews and that the Jews are being brutally maltreated.