CASABLANCA (Aug. 21)
A violent campaign against Moroccan Jews has been launched here by Istiqlal, the extremist, nationalist political party. The party’s organ, L’Opinion, which recently ran the infamous canard. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, declared in its current issue that Jewish functionaries in the Moroccan Government are “notorious Zionists.” It accused a Jewish hotel director at Tangier of “pro-Israel sympathies.”
A number of Moroccan Jewish intellectuals published a statement today condemning the “aggression of Israel against the Arabs and Israel’s expansionist policy.” Keenly devoted to our country, Morocco, and to its Jewish minority,” the statement added, “we affirm strongly that Zionism cannot be our ideology and that Israel cannot be considered as the motherland of Jews or even as their second motherland.” The statement asked Moroccan Jews to battle against the Zionist ideology.
Meanwhile, another member of the Moroccan Rabbinical Tribunal. Rabbi Yoshue Oliel, of Rabat, is leaving this country to settle in Israel, it was learned here today. Several other rabbinical judges are also preparing to leave Morocco, Rabbi Oliel’s departure will still further decimate the rabbinical leadership in this country.