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Morocco Orders Issuance of Passports to Jews; Tunisia Reassures Jewish Community

The Moroccan Government has ordered that passports be granted promptly to Jews who ask for them after some applicants, particularly Jewish youth, reported experiencing difficulties in making applications after the outbreak of the Arab-Israeli war on June 5. Considerable fear was reported in the Casablanca Jewish community after the Jewish Community Center in Fez was the target of demonstrations against the Israeli victory.

Meanwhile, it was reported here that the Tunisian Government had given reassurances to the 20,000-member Tunisian Jewish community some of whose members wanted to emigrate. The Tunisian Government also reiterated warnings against attacks on Jews after 180 demonstrators set fire to the Tunis synagogue and Jewish-owned shops on June 5.

The demonstrators will be brought to trial and face a possible death penalty on conviction. The Government also said that those responsible will have to make good the damages. In another statement, the Government said “no form of racism will be tolerated and we do not seek to exterminate the Jews.”