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1,000 Jews Reported Emigrating from Tunisia to Israel Each Week

About 1,000 Tunisian Jews are leaving each week for Israel in this late fall period in an attempt to get the largest number of North African Jews into Israel before the stormy winter seas on the Mediterranean shut down immigrant transportation for several months. The immigrants are taken first to Marseilles and then put aboard ships for Haifa.

More than 100 Jews rendered homeless in the collapse of a building in the Hara quarter of Tunis last week are still receiving temporary shelter in synagogues and public buildings. The Jewish community and Jewish members of the city council have protested the failure of the municipality to render assistance to these people who are too poor to pay rent for accommodations elsewhere.