Tunisian Jew, Accused of Zionist Espionage, Faces Trial
Menu JTA Search

Tunisian Jew, Accused of Zionist Espionage, Faces Trial

Download PDF for this date

A 25-year-old Tunisian Jew, Rene Marzouk, accused of Zionist espionage, spreading Zionist propaganda, and belonging to an illegal group, is to appear Sept. 16 before a special Tunisian court dealing with acts against the State. It is the first time in Tunisia that a Jew has been officially accused of espionage and Zionist activities.

The 8000 Jews presently living there view this new attitude with concern, especially since Marzouk, far from being a Zionist, belongs to the “Marxist Circle,” one of the four underground opposition groups operating against the government.

Marzouk, an English teacher in a southern Tunisian high school, was arrested on Feb. 12 during a protest movement which erupted in the school following the arrest for subversive activities and the subsequent expulsion to France of Mrs. Simone Lellouch, a Jewish woman married to Ben Othman, an Arab. An anti-Zionist campaign was begun and supported by certain government ministers including Communications Minister Mohamed Sayah.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund