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French Chief Rabbi Appeals for Aid for Tunisian, Moroccan Refugees

An appeal for aid on behalf of more than 10,000 recently arrived Jews from Tunisia and Morocco was issued here today by Grand Rabbi Jacob Kaplan. Many of the newcomers left their homes in fear of Arab reprisals following the Six-Day War. Rabbi Kaplan called on the French Jewish Community to respond to the needs of these fellow Jews. “I am sure that those who did not respond to the separate appeals of the Jewish Welfare fund and for aid to Israel at the beginning of 1967 will subscribe to this joint campaign,” he said.

Grand Rabbi Simon Cohen, head of the rabbinical court in Rabat, has left Morocco for Israel, thereby terminating the functions of the Jewish tribunal in Morocco’s capital city.

Earlier, the Rabbinical court in Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city, was suspended following the emigration of its head. Rabbi Cohen was the sixth rabbinical jurist to leave Morocco since the Six-Day War.

(Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Jewish Congress, said yesterday on his arrival in Jerusalem from Zurich that the WJC was maintaining constant contact with governments which had some influence in Arab capitals on behalf of Jews living in Arab countries. Special attention is being given to the plight of Jews in Egypt, Dr. Goldmann said.)

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