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Three Jews Arrested in Morocco for Contact with Relatives in Israel

December 4, 1959
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Two Moroccan Jews were detained by Casablanca police as they were about to board a ship for France, it was reported here today. The arrest followed a search of their luggage which revealed photos and correspondence with a relative in Israel, Another Jew, who had accompanied the two to the harbor, was also arrested

Another report said that a complaint to the Moroccan authorities that police officers had resorted to physical coercion to extract from a group of Jews information regarding their sons’ emigration to Israel has been dismissed by the District Attorney of Morocco as “unfounded” and the file closed.

Several months ago the Moroccan police in Fez arrested three Jews and interrogated them as to the circumstances surrounding their sons’ departure for Israel. In the course of the questioning the police beat them with sticks. Later a complaint, supported by a medical certificate, was lodged by one of these men, David Levy, against the police officers, Now the District Attorney of Fez informed Mr. Levy that a police investigation of his complaint had shown the charge to be unfounded. He had, therefore, ordered the file to be closed.

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