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Moslems Slay Many Jews; Hundreds Hurt in Algeria Riots

August 7, 1934
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revolvers, flooded the Jewish quarter, bent on exacting payment in blood for the alleged insult to their faith by a Jew.

The Jews barricaded themselves within their homes, whereupon the Moslems set fire to the structures. As the Jews poured out, flame spurted from guns, knife blades flashed and Jews fell on all sides.


Authorities proved unable to control the situation and sent a hurry call to Algiers for troops. Three trainloads of Senegalese troops reached Constantine today and are patrolling the streets. The city is calm, although the greatest tension prevails and authorities fear further outbreaks.

The riots in the Jewish quarter were the most serious in years, although there has always been ill feeling between the two communities. Authorities believe that the riots grew out of commercial as well as religious rivalry between the Jews and the Moslems.

Constantine is a fortified city in Algiers, the capital of the Algerian province of that name. It is the third largest city in Algiers with a total population of 105,000. The Jews of the city are numerically strong and play an important part in the life of the community. The city was rebuilt in 311 A. D. by the Emperor Constantine, who gave it his name.

Algeria is a French possession, heavily garrisoned by French and Colonial troops, including the French Foreign Legion.

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