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Bey of Tunis Receives Head of Jewish Community; Pledges Equality

July 6, 1955
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Charles Haddad, president of the new Jewish Community Council of Tunis, was received today by the Bey of Tunis, on the occasion of the installation of the recently elected community council.

The Bey spoke warmly of Tunisian Jews, asserting that he regarded them on an equal footing with all his other subjects. “You are my children,” the ruler declared, “you have lived for 2,000 years with my ancestors, and with the help of God you will continue to be respected in my country.” M. Haddad assured the Bey of the loyalty of his Jews subjects.

Meanwhile, the community council has received messages from the French Respite General and from important French personalities in Tunisia assuring the Jewish representative body of France’s sympathy for the Tunisian Jews.

A number of Moslems and French living in Tunisia have reported receipt recently of anti-Semitic literature through the mails. The literature, of a type well known both in Europe and the Western Hemisphere, speaks of the plans of “international Jewry” to establish their empire throughout the world. It also contains vicious attacks on former Premier Pierre Mendes-France and the present Premier, Edgar Faure.

The opening here of a distribution agency for Egyptian newspapers and magazines under the direction of a Arab journalist is causing concern to the Jewish community, which has seen the growing dissemination among Moslems here of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel propaganda. Enforcement of regulations preventing the circulation of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel, journals is being sought.

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