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Jews Close Shops Early in Tunis to Avoid Gang Attacks

Following repeated attacks at the hands of Arab nationalists, Jewish merchants in the Hara Quarter have decided to close their shops at dusk. Groups of young Jews here are organizing a self-defense corps to protect Jews and their property from attacks.

The extremist Arab press continues a violent attack against Albert Bessis, Jewish member of the new Tunisian cabinet. The newspaper of the Vieux Destour nationalist movement, which follows the Moslem Brotherhood line, complained that M. Bessis is ignorant of the Arabic language and demanded that he be replaced in the cabinet by a “Moslem Arab.”

A secret Tunisian committee has been set up here to collect funds for the Egyptian arms fund campaign. Leaders of the Vieux Destour movement are directing the committee which is also supported by Sallah Ben Youssef, former secretary of the Neo Destour organization.

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