Search JTA's historical archive dating back to 1923

French Guard Algerian Jews Against Moslem Rioting on Yom Kippur

September 21, 1961
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

The French authorities in Algeria took precautions today against a renewal of Arab-Jewish rioting in Algiers and Oran, on the occasion of the Jewish observance of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

With passions still high, and the city tense after the two days of communal rioting that marred the observance of Rosh Hashanah, and further rioting Sunday when one Jew was killed and a 15-year-old Jewish boy seriously wounded, the authorities took no chances that an incident might set off a new outburst. Strong police reinforcements were moved into position today in both cities, guarding the synagogues. In Oran, the police cut off the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, from the rest of the city to prevent infiltration by Arab gangs seeking revenge for the beatings they received during the disturbances last week and Sunday.

Recommended from JTA