Report Harsh New Measures Against Syrian Jews Including Imprisonment

Reports of new harsh measures against Syrian Jews have reached the United States. According to Rabbi Stephen S. Goldrich; of Euclid, Ohio, more then 100 Syrian Jews were imprisoned early this month, at of whom were tortured. They were released Jan. 15. Three required hospitalization.

Goldrich, who is chairman of the Committee on Jews in Arab Lands of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the rabbinic branch of American Reform Judaism, said he received his information from Abe Dwek, head of the Syrian Jewish community in New York.

It was, further reported that during the past month or two, a 7 p.m. curfew has been imposed on Jews in Syrian cities. The restrictions on travel by Jews within Syria lifted sometime ago, have been imposed, Syrian Jews are increasingly under surveillance and it is reported that Jews are now forbidden to sell real property, Goldrich said.

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