Casablanca Jewish Merchants Forced to Join Strike, Face Ruin

Financial ruin faces many Jewish small shopkeepers in the Medina quarter here, a result of their forced participation in a strike of Moslem shopkeepers. The strike, which was begun as a protest against a decision by French authorities to expel all Moslem shopkeepers who had participated in an earlier strike which followed, in turn, the deposition of the Sultan, has been in progress since May 17.

Jewish shopkeepers here did not join the protest until last week when two Jewish shopkeepers who disobeyed a Moslem warning to join the strike, were murdered. Stall owners in the Medina usually earn only enough to survive, even in the best of times. Now, with a week gone by in which they have had no sales at all, their situation is a serious one.

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