ALGIERS (Nov. 23)
Gilbert Djian, a Jewish medical assistant, was murdered by Algerian terrorists last Sunday, it was reported here today. He was shot and killed as he was leaving the home of a Moslem woman in Blida to whose assistance he had gone.
Two other Jews have been seriously injured in the course of attacks by Algerian terrorists during the last few days. Paul Pinsit, 37, was wounded by shrapnel Friday afternoon during a terrorist attack in the center of Algiers. Maurice Louchi was injured when FLN terrorists threw a grenade into a Jewish cafe in the village of La Fontaine, near Piaret in southwestern Algeria.
Problems of the Algerian Jewish community were discussed today at a special meeting of the Jewish leaders here. Special attention was paid at the meeting to the lack of religious facilities in outlying districts of Algeria, where a large number of Jews are unable to attend religious services even during the High Holy Days.
It was reported at the meeting that there were no synagogues in such areas as Kouba, Maison-Carre, El Biar and Hydia. In other parts of the country, the synagogues are all concentrated in a small number of villages, which are either too far away for the needs of the Jews in the surrounding communities or members were obliged to cross trouble spots in order to reach the houses of worship.
Another problem discussed was that of missionary activity among the elderly Jews of the community. It was reported that about 150 elderly Jews have secretly converted themselves to Christianity in order to receive subsidies from the Jewish Evangelization Movement, which has recently stepped up its missionary activities especially among the poorer sections of the community. Special measures are to be taken against those of the converts who still appear on the payroll of the Jewish community.
A. Narboni, president of the Algerian Zionist Federation, expressed the hope today that Israel will know how to solve the problem of integration of various communities. He spoke at a meeting of the Federation, describing the problems of North African settlers in Israel and urging a speedy solution of their integration difficulties.