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Moroccan Extremists Seek Restrictions on Use of Hebrew by Jews

The Moroccan publication Akhbar ed-Dounia, known for its anti-Jewish attitude, today published a vitriolic article protesting the fact that certain Jewish merchants use the Hebrew language in their commercial transactions.

The publication asserted that Jews have no right to use Hebrew other than on a religious level, that Hebrew is a language that was “dead for 5,000 years” and was recently revived. The paper published the facsimile of a receipt sent by a Jewish merchant to a Moslem customer which was written in Hebrew. It accused the Jewish merchant of Zionist sympathies and of wanting to make Hebrew a third language in Morocco.