Israel Government Urged to Act on Protection of Jews in Tunisia

An appeal to the Israel Government to act to protect the Jews in Tunisia where anti-Jewish attacks have been going on for several days was made here today by the Association of Immigrants from North Africa. The Association sent a similar plea to the World Jewish Congress.

The anti-Jewish developments in Tunisia have aroused grave concern in political circles where it is assumed that the Moslem attacks against the Jews in Tunis started after Israel voted against a request by the Arab countries at the United Nations to call a special session of the U.N. Assembly to discuss the Tunisian dispute.

It was revealed today that Israel, in taking the attitude that there is no need for a special U.N. session in four months, the French Government should be given that time to find a solution to the Tunisian problem and reach an understanding with the Moslem nationalists in the French Protectorate.

Meanwhile, the office of the World Jewish Congress today asked the French Minister here to transmit to the French Foreign Office in Paris a request for appropriate measures by the French authorities in Tunisia to defend the Jews there form possible further attacks. The French Minister agreed to transmit the request immediately.

The anti-Jewish riots in Tunis have not caused the Jewish population of Tunisia to speed up immigration to Israel, Itzhak Raphael, Jewish Agency member, today reported at a meeting of the Agency. He said that the current rate of 500 immigrants a month could be increased if difficulties in connection with communications were cleared up.

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