Anti-semitic Article Arouses Concern for Safety of Jewish Families in Algeria
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Anti-semitic Article Arouses Concern for Safety of Jewish Families in Algeria

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A violently anti-Semitic article in an official Algerian publication has aroused concern here for the safety of the few hundred elderly Jews who live in that country. The article by Prof. Abdel Hamid Benachenou of Algiers University, in the weekly “Algerie Actualite,” quoted at length from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a 19th century anti-Semitic forgery. Observers here said publication of the article in an official organ marked a change of Algerian policy. Hitherto official spokesmen and Algerian propagandists have tried to give the impression that there was a difference between “Zionists” and Jews.

The article in the current issue however speaks of a “world-wide Jewish conspiracy against non-believers.” It claims that “The ambition of the Jews is to dominate the world. Filled with the superiority of their race, they have always felt that they alone are capable of directing the affairs of the world.” The writer said Jews “try to create trouble all over the world.” He alleged that they try to keep the field of science closed to non-Jews in order to “recreate the Kingdom of Solomon which would govern the entire world as Jewish law prescribes.”

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