PARIS (Dec. 27)
If conflict broke out between Israel and the Arab states, Jews in North Africa would be “the first victims,” the before it is up to French intellectuals “to take a greater interest in the fate of the Jews in North Africa,” M. Mantet, a leading Christian member of the French Christian-Jewish Friendship Society, warned today.
In an open letter to French intellectuals, M. Mantet urged that Israel’s measures providing benefits to organized workers be called to the attention of the new government in Morocco and the progressive nationalist leaders in Tunisia. He also pointed out that “when one speaks of restoring liberty to all in North Africa, this restoration must apply to Jews as well as to Arabs.” The Jewish problem, he continued, “is of as much concern to our conscience as is the problem of the Arabs. All minorities must be protected.”
M. Mantet also urged fellow intellectuals to help “integrate into metropolitan France those Jews who have fled from North Africa.”