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Morocco Permits 5,000 Jews in Camps to Leave for Israel

The Moroccan Government has agreed to permit the emigration of some 5,000 Moroccan Jews who have been held in a transit camp near Mazagan since early June, when the authorities blocked their scheduled departure for Israel.

The first groups have already left Morocco for Israel, after weeks of harrowing difficulties and suffering in the overcrowded transit camp. The 5,000 Jews who will be permitted to leave this country had sold their homes and other possessions, and had begun to move from the interior to Casablanca before the Moroccan authorities, on June 11, closed down Cadima, the Jewish organization arranging their emigration. With no place to which to return, they crowded into the transit camp and waited pending the outcome of negotiations for their release.

(In Montreal, the Canadian Jewish Congress disclosed that the Canadian immigration authorities have received definite and detailed instructions to proceed with the processing of applications for admission to Canada from Morocco and Tunisia which the Congress had presented to the Deputy. Minister with request for immediate action.)

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