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Algeria’s Anti-israel Statement Provokes Pessimism in Paris

Political circles here predicted that the position of the remaining Jews in Algeria will definitely become as difficult as that of the Jews in Tunisia and Morocco, since the Provisional Government of Algeria has placed itself in the camp of Israel’s enemies.

The prediction was based on the statement made last Friday at a press conference in Algiers by M’Hammed Yazid, Information Minister of the Provisional Government, in which he said that Algeria’s attitude toward Israel was “exactly like that of the other Arab states,” and that “Palestine is an Arab country occupied by Israel, therefore Israel is a state we cannot recognize.”

He stressed that this position had nothing to do with the position of the Jews in Algeria. He said that, in Algeria, the Jews had exactly the same status as Moslems, and that Jews might be expected to hold key positions in the new Government. However, this part of his statement is taken here with a good deal of suspicion.

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