Governor of Casablanca Reaffirms Friendship for Moroccan Jewry

Si Ahmed Bargach, Governor of the city of Casablanca, reaffirmed today his feelings of friendship toward the Moroccan Jews and underlined his belief that they were part of the general Moroccan population, sharing both its joys and its sorrows.

The occasion for his statement was a visit from a delegation of the Committee of the Jewish Community, whose members told the governor that Moroccan Jewry was behind Sultan Mohammed V in his condemnation of the British-French-Israeli “aggression of which Egypt was the victim.” The delegation asked that the circumstances of the Egyptian action “should never be allowed to interfere with the good relations which have always prevailed between Moslem and Jew in Morocco, nor should it affect their attachment to His Majesty.”

Meanwhile, the Casablanca committee of the Joint Jewish-Moslem Association–El Wifah–issued a statement censuring the “aggression carried out by British, Israeli and French Governments against the Egyptian nation.” This “desperate endeavor by imperialist countries cannot but reinforce the determination of Moroccans, as well as all men of goodwill throughout the world to support the struggle against colonialism.” At the same time, the committee called on “Moroccans of all faiths to remember it is their duty to remain united as brothers” and to avoid provocation.

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