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Foreign Office,
January 5, 1888.
With reference to my letter of the 13th ultimo, I am directed by the Marquis of Salisbury to inform you that Her Majesty's Ambassador at Constantinople reports that, in reply to the representations which he has made to the Porte on the subject of the restrictions placed on the immigration of foreign Jews into Palestine, he has been informed that the Imperial Government, having reconsidered its former decision on the matter, has now modified it in the following sense:—
1st. That foreign Jews immigrating in any large number (en masse) shall not be allowed to reside in Palestine beyond a period of three months.
2nd. That the same restriction shall apply to individual immigrants, but that the Porte will be ready to make concessions in their favour where there is no good reason to the contrary.
I am, Sir,
Your most obedient, humble Servant,
The Case of Reuben Tourqeman of Alcazar.—In last years Report (page 17) a full statement was given of the ill-treatment which Reuben Tourgeman, a Jewish merchant of Alcazar, received at the hands of the Moorish authorities. The Conjoint Committee of this Association and the Board of Deputies brought the particulars to the notice of the Foreign Office. Her Majesty's Minister at Tangier was thereupon instructed to investigate the matter, in order that Tourgeman might obtain proper redress. The Moorish authorities made out a case in which it was attempted to justify the harsh measures to which they had resorted, and although their assertions were not borne out by depositions which reached the Anglo-Jewish Association from another quarter, it appears that the good offices of Her Majesty's Government
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