TUNIS (Sep. 28)
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.