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Problem of Algerian Jews Who Flee to France Termed ‘most Serious’

June 18, 1962
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Sir Barnett Janner, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, warned here today that the problem of Jewish immigration into France from Algeria and other North African countries “must be regarded as a most serious question from every standpoint–relief, welfare, religious and cultural.”

Addressing the Board’s monthly meeting, Sir Barnett said: “The maintenance of these new Jewish refugees, and their rehabilitation, is the responsibility of Jews all over the world. ” He was certain, he said, that the Anglo-Jewish community would not fail to respond “to any call that might be made to it, financially or otherwise.”

“It is no wonder that so many members of the ancient Jewish community felt compelled to leave,” he said, citing the threats against the Jewish community of Algeria and against Israel voiced by representatives of the Algerian Provisional National Government.

Referring to reactions to the Adolf Eichmann execution in Argentina and Italy, the leader declared “it is regrettable that the Argentine Government found it necessary to express some criticism of the execution, thereby providing a pretext for anti-Semites to perpetrate the outrages which have taken place.” He referred to attacks carried out in Argentina in the last two weeks against Jewish communal and other buildings.

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