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French Ponder Fate of 400 North African Jews Captured Embarking for Palestine

November 11, 1947
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Some 400 Jews from Morocco, Tunis and Algeria who last week were prevented by French police from embarking on a vessel allegedly bound for Palestine have been released from jail at Algiers and are now quartered in a Jewish school in the city until a decision is reached on their fate. The Jews were captured at the port of Guyotville, near Algiers.

It is understood that the French Ministry of the Intorior has decided to expel from France Frederick Courtney, a British Intelligence agent, who has been attempting to sabotage visaless Jewish immigration activities in France. Courtney, who is credited with having played an important role in the shadowing and final capture of the Exodus, is reportedly charged with acting in matters normally dealth with through diplomatic channels.

Andre Blumel, legal advisor to the Jewish Agency here, and Maurice Fisher, secretary of the Paris office of the Agency, were today received by Foreign Minister Georges Bidault and discussed the Palestine question.

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