French Bring Order After Algiers Riots
Menu JTA Search

French Bring Order After Algiers Riots

Download PDF for this date

Order was completely restored in Setif, Algeria, following the two-day outbreak of rioting, the French Home Office announced today. Not a single Jew was injured in the outburst, but three natives, one a soldier in an Algerian rifle regiment, were killed, the Home Office disclosed.

French troops were in control of the situation, which developed from a brawl in a wine shop. Native Algerian soldiers were engaged in a fight when police intervened. The soldiers resisted the police, who fired, killing one. They were immediately attacked by the soldiers in the cafe and retreated to their station house, which was sacked by the mob.


In the meantime the rumor spread that a Jewish policeman had killed a Moslem soldier and mobs of excited Moslems invaded the Jewish quarter of Setif, looting Jewish shops and shouting, {SPAN}#kill{/SPAN} the Jews.” Heavy police reinforcements were rushed to the district and the rioters were repulsed.

Troops were also rushed to the district and heavy cordons surrounded the section and patrolled the town. Hundreds of arrests were made by police, aided by military forces.

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