THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS — Friday, March 17, 196 1 --
Algerians Deny Anti-Semitism; Say Jews Are Not 'Colonial Invaders'
WASHINGTON, (JTA) — A
statement differentiating between
the status of Algerian Jews and
European elements in Algeria was
issued in a denial of anti-Semit-
ism by the representative here of
the Algerian Front of National
A. Chanderli, permanent repre-
sentative of the Algerian revolu-
tionists, said: "With regard to
Algerian Jews, we consider that
they constitute a category com-
pletely distinct from the European
element. The Algerian Jews are
not colonial invaders."
"On the contrary," said the
Algerian nationalist spokesman,
"the 150,000 persons of Jewish
faith in Algeria are historically
among the earliest inhabitants of
the country. During the years
of colonial rule, Jews as well as
Arabs, being indigenous to Al-
geria, have been subject to the
disdain of the European colonists.
During World War II, with pro-
Vichy French elements in con-
trol of Algeria, they were subject
to special discriminatory legisla-
tion, humiliations, etc., in accord
with the anti-Semitic policies of
the governmental authorities."
On the issue of whether Al-
ger-ia's Jews were French na
tionals, "since 1871 by means
a French Government dec
Chanderli said, "the A rian
Jews are in reality Alger s—by
their history, their lang e, their
traditions. They are •t foreign
colonizers who have Mme to
land. Algeria is the count
homeland as it is e horn
"The very f' ► proclamat'
the Algerian ront of N
Liberation i November
defined as the primary aim of
the revolution the restoration of
an independent, democratic Al-
gerian state in which fundamen-
tal liberties shall be guaranteed
to all, with no
on race, or religion," Mr.
al governm•the - Algerian
• tember 26,
again made clear that
freed of colonialist
neither first nor
d S ss
citizens and will ma
a ► on
o wis to remain
ent by Chand
to the choice tha
geria" o either apply Alger-
ian citizenship or to b onsidered
foreigners. Howev the Al-
Center Physical Education
Dept. Offers New Classes
gerian leader stressed that Al-
gerian Jews are Algerians, com-
pletely distinct "from the Euro-
pean element." This was inter-
preted here by some to indicate
that Jews in Algeria might not
considered French citizens
r an Algerian Nationalist re-
espite the Cremieux
cree ued by the French Govern-
1871, and thus given no
optio to leave the country when
The physical education depart-
ment of the Jewish Center an-
nounces a spring program of
classes for the Women's Health
Club. Slimnastics, fencing, spot
reducing, weight watchers club,
modern jazz dance and folk
dance, offered beginning March
27, free, for Women's Health
Club members. Slimnastics is
open to all women members, and
fee classes in yoga exercises are
open to everyone.
Prospective members are in-
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vited to come and inspect the
he Young Adult Group of Center facilities.
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