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Casablanca Jews Petition Government Against Jewish Community Council

June 8, 1956
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The Moslem-Jewish association of Morocco-Wifaq–circulated today a petition on behalf of its Jewish members calling for the resignation or replacement of the present Jewish Community Council of Casablanca, charging it with inactivity in relation to Moroccan national life and of being the representative of only a minority of Casablanca Jews. The petition reads.

We, the undersigned, respectfully ask the Government of His Majesty to take into consideration our present request. We Moroccan Jews of Casablanca, cannot remain silent and indifferent any longer regarding the passivity and inactivity of the present committee of our community. Moroccan Jews must take part in the national life of the country. However, the existing committee, as presently constituted, does not meet this eager desire of the Jewish population.

“Elected by the lowest minority of 1,200 voters, it cannot claim to represent the 80,000 Jews of Casablanca. We, therefore, ask the Moroccan Government to have this committee replaced by a team inspired with fresh minds who wish to guide the whole Moroccan Jewry towards active participation in the upbuilding of our native land and in achieving full brotherhood between Moroccans of every faith, the petition concludes.

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