RABAT, Morocco (Jan. 16)
Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, liberal Foreign Minister of Morocco, told a delegation of Jewish leaders who conferred with him here this weekend that persons responsible for anti-Jewish acts in Morocco would be “severely punished.”
Pledging that measures will be taken “to restore the situation to normality,” with regard to treatment of Moroccan Jews, the Crown Prince told the Jewish leaders that he “regretted” the various anti-Jewish incidents that occurred here recently.
The Jewish delegation was headed by Meyer Obadia, president of the Moroccan Jewish Community, and included Grand Rabbi Danan as well as Dr. Leon Benzaquen, formerly a member of the Moroccan Cabinet. The Crown Prince had with him, during the conference, Minister of the Interior M’barek Bekkai.
The Jewish delegation had protested to the Crown Prince against a number of incidents, which took place particularly during the recent visit to Morocco of United Arab Republic President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Also a few days ago, Casablanca police cordoned off a sector of the city inhabited almost exclusively by Jews, arresting about 100 Jews. Those arrested were released after being detained by the police for about 24 hours.