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Attacks on Jews in Tunis Continue; Are Condemned by Nationalists

February 8, 1955
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Despite special police measures, attacks on Jews in Tunis continue, These attacks, which take place in the old Jewish quarter, consist of beatings with no attempt at robbery. The pattern of these crimes is considered extremely significant to observers here who fear that they may be harbingers of wider anti-Jewish violence.

The Arab daily “Assabah,” newspaper of the Nes-Destour–nationalist–Party condemned today attacks on Jewish shops and Jews by Moslem students and Arab bands which have been invading the Jewish quarter of this city. The newspaper editorially emphasized that “Tunisian Jews are brothers of Tunisians of other faiths.”

The latest incident, which drew fire from “Assabah,” was a foray by a group of Moslem religious students against Jewish shops in a bazaar area. The Jews resisted the attack and drove off the students.

At the same time, the Arabic daily “Azzoura,” which follows the line of the fanatical Moslem Brotherhood, carried a fresh attack on Israel today. It was particularly vicious in its attacks on Jews and Christians who-had-appealed for clemency in the Cairo executions and who had later protested the hanging.

A new Jewish community and educational center was opened here yesterday at a ceremony attended by representatives of the Bey of Tunis, the French Resident General, other French and Tunisian authorities and Jewish communal leaders, including representatives of the Joint Distribution Committee, which gave financial aid toward the building of the center. The edifice contains a kindergarten and other classrooms where instruction will be given in French. Arabic and Hebrew, a medical clinic and meeting rooms. Henry Levy, JDC director in Tunis, Tunisian Grand Rabbi David Bambaron and Charles Haddad, president of the Tunis Community Council, spoke at the ceremonies.

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