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Moslem Attacks on Jews Continue in Casablanca; All Stores Closed

July 20, 1955
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Jews in Casablanca were deeply concerned today as nationalist Moslem mobs turned to beating Jews and destroying their property in the Old Medina (native quarter) of this city for the second successive day. All Jewish stores in the Old Medina were closed today.

For the first time, veiled Moslem women joined the mobs in attacking Jews. Both Jewish men and women were stripped and beaten by the nationalists. Police came to the assistance of the Jews and managed to beat off the mobs. In addition, when small groups of Jews had to go into the streets they were accompanied by young Jewish guards.

Observers touring the Old Medina late yesterday found many Jewish shops and stalls burned down and some still smoking. The debris from sacked Jewish stores was scattered all about. The interpretation of the observers was that the Moslem mobs turned on the Jews because they identify the Jews with the French.

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