Bey of Tunis Presides at Synagogue Ceremony; 20,000 Jews Attend

For the first time in history, the Bey of Tunis presided at a ceremony held at the Great Synagogue of Tunis, it was reported here today. The Bey was accompanied by his Premier, Tahar Ben Ammar, French Resident General Boyer Latour and other Tunisian and French members of the government. The cornerstone of a Jewish center at the synagogue was laid at the ceremony.

“It is most agreeable to me to declare again what I have affirmed on many previous occasions–that the Tunisian Government considers Moslem and Jew as brother Tunisians with the same rights and duties,” Premier Ben Ammar declared. Gen. Latour stressed the common history of Tunisian Jews and Moslems, in an address. Some 20,000 Jews massed around the synagogue acclaimed the Bey and his Tunisian and French associates.

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