RABAT (May. 17)
Algerian authorities are threatening to expropriate Kanoui Temple, the only remaining synagogue in the Algerian city of Oran, according to informed sources in that city. Since Algeria proclaimed its independence from France in 1962, 17 of the 19 synagogues in this western city have been nationalized. One of the two temples left for the Jewish community’s use was later rented out for commercial purposes. Kanoui, built in 1880, is therefore the only synagogue left for the approximately 300 Jews of this city.