Colonial Office Action Sought in Aden Affair

A judge of the Aden Supreme Court yesterday interviewed Arenka Mansour, Jewish girl whose romance with a Moslem youth is threatened to set off religious disorders in the crown colony and affect the security of the Jewish community there, cables to the World Jewish. Congress said today. The judge, who saw the girl at the home of Hak, the Moslem who has asked permission to marry the girl, said that she is not being held under duress, but also ruled that she remains a Jewess.

Meanwhile, the Aden Jewish community council has again appealed to the Congress to initiate action for an official investigation of the case and to send counsel to represent the Jewish community. The Congress is currently considering the case. Its representatives have appealed to the Colonial Secretary, pointing out that they were not in position to judge the merits of the case, but that they were concerned over the tension between Jews and Moslems, recalling the anti-Jewish riots in 1948. Barnett Janner, M.P. and chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and A.G. Brotman, secretary of the board, are in contact with the Colonial Office.

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