LONDON (Jan. 15)
“Violent anti-Jewish outbursts” have broken out in the Moroccan nationalist press, following the Price tragedy, in which 43 Jewish people were drowned in high Mediterranean seas, the Sunday Observer here reports today from Rabat.
According to the London newspaper, the semi-official Rabat daily, A1 Fair, has started attacks against “Zionists” whom it accuses of organizing illegal immigration to Israel. Another Moroccan newspaper, the pro-Government daily, A1 Alam, is reported as saying: “The Jewish leaders who have complained to the City Governor should not be listened to. They should be brought before competent courts and charged with sedition and crimes against the State.”
The Moroccan newspapers, according to the Rabat dispatch, “shed no tears for the drowned Jews.” Pointing out that “the authorities have allowed decent burial to the dead,” the newspapers charge that the Jews of Morocco wore “mourning black” and offered prayers in their synagogues “for Israel” while United Arab Republic President Nasser was in Casablanca recently, attending the African summit conference. Moroccan Jewish leaders are quoted by the Sunday Observer as saying the charge is “a ludicrous invention.”