Tense Situation in Algeria Prompts Remaining Jews to Leave Country

The tense political situation which has developed during the past few days in Algeria has prompted most of the 4, 000 Jews still in that country to make plans to leave, it was reported here today.

Scores of Jewish families are again arriving in France from Algeria. Most of them have been able to take some of their possessions with them, although they experienced difficulties in transferring funds abroad.

There is a general opinion among the remaining Jews that civil war can break out at any time and that it would be accompanied by anti-European manifestations. Non-Jewish Europeans also are preparing to flee and many have already done so.

Observers here believe that before the end of 1963, Algeria, which only a year ago had a Jewish population of 120, 000, will be totally without Jews. At present, there are 2, 000 Jews in Algiers, 800 in Oran and the other 1,200 scattered in small communities throughout Algeria.

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