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Moslem Nationalist Leader Publicly Reassures Jews in Tunisia

High praise for the support given by Tunisian Jews to the Tunisian nationalist movement was sounded by Habib Bourguiba, leader of the Neo-Destour–nationalist–party in an address to a meeting at Sfax. He singled out Andre Barouch, director of the newspaper, “Petit Matin,” whose activities, M. Bourguiba said, had consolidated Jewish-Moslem solidarity. “In this country,” the nationalist leader said, “Jews are Tunisians in exactly the same way as Moslems are.”

Meanwhile, the appointment to a Cabinet post of Jewish leader Albert Bessis has been welcomed by the Jewish community here. The Bey of Tunis, in his capacity as head of the state, has received a number of messages expressing gratitude from the heads of various Jewish communities. Local observers tended to see in M. Bessis’ appointment an assurance that Tunisia will not follow the anti-Jewish line being urged on it by other Arab countries.

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