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King of Morocco Says No Religious Bias Exists in His Country

King Mohammed V. of Morocco, said here today that his country “is justifiably proud of the spirit of good will and cooperation which today inspires all its people, whatever their race or religion.”

“All are free to pursue their activities in Morocco without distinction or discrimination, “the King said. Without referring to the Jewish minority by name, he added: “Our aim is to guarantee the rights and interests of all to live and work there and to create a spirit of understanding and collaboration among them.” The statements were made at a reception given the King by a joint press committee here.

Rabbi Eliezer Silver member of the presidium of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States, has received a letter from the Chief Rabbi of Morocco asking American rabbis to extend a warm welcome to the King of Morocco who is now on a state visit to this country.

Rabbi Saul Iben D’Nan pointed out in his letter that King Mohammed befriended Jews during World War II and saved thousands of them from being killed during the Nazi occupation of Morocco. The Moroccan Chief Rabbi added that the sultan had been “extremely helpful” in the reestablishment of Jewish life in Morocco since the end of the war and that he had always shown rabbis in Morocco great respect.

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