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Moroccan King Expresses ‘solicitude’ for Jews; More Arrests Listed

King Mohammed V has assured a delegation of Moroccan Jewish community leaders of his “solicitude” for Morocco’s 200,000 Jews and asked the Jewish leaders to “combat current attempts to divide” Morocco’s Jewish and Moslem citizens, it was reported here today from Rabat.

During the audience, the Jewish delegation expressed the “steadfast loyalty and attachment” of the Jewish community to the king after presenting him with a list of grievances of the community. The delegation was led by Dr. Leon Benzaquen, former Minister of Telecommunications, and Meyer Obadia, president of the Casablanca Jewish community.

Shortly before the king met with the Moroccan Jewish leaders, 15 young Jews were arrested during a 48-hour period and kept in Casablanca jails. The police accused them of taking part in the recent distribution of leaflets to Moroccan Jews urging them to emigrate to Israel.