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SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT.
signed by you as Vice-President of the Anglo-Jewish Association and by Mr. A. Cohen as President of the London Committee of Deputies of the British Jews, in regard to the condition of the Jewish inhabitants of Morocco.
I am to acquaint you that Her Majesty's Minister at Tangier, who, as you were informed by the letter from this Office of the 22nd of February, had been instructed to furnish a report upon the matters to which you had called attention, has addressed a despatch to Lord Salisbury, of which the following is the general purport.
That the Maroquin Jews occupy a disadvantageous position as compared with their Mussulman fellow-subjects is, Sir W. K. Green observes, a notorious fact; and it is as abundantly clear that a change in the existing state of things is most desirable. But to effect at once all that is suggested and recommended by the British Jews, Sir W. K. Green considers that a violent revolution would have to be faced, whilst he can vouch, from personal recollections dating back thirty years, that a slower though safer process is in course of development, whereby apparently all that is sought for will be ultimately attained.
However much the Jews of the present generation may believe themselves oppressed, the amelioration in their condition has been such as to exceed the greatest expectations which could have been entertained; and he believes that matters will so continue to progress until perfect equality is established between all Moorish subjects.
When Sir W. K. Green was travelling through Morocco last spring on his way to and from the Shereefian Court, he was careful to ask at each town and village where Jewish communities existed, as to how they were being treated by the local authorities; and he states that he invariably received the assurance of Rabbis, Elders, and others, that, with the exception of a few isolated instances, the Jews were in the enjoyment of perfect safety and of as much freedom as they cared for.
Sir W. K. Green does not believe that the abolition of Consular Protection would expose the lives and property of non-Mahommedan bodies to greater risks at the hands of Moorish officials.
There are, it is stated, 300,000 Jews in Morocco, of whom about 500 only are under foreign protection. The abolition of Protection would not, therefore, affect the well-being of the vast majority of Moorish Jews, and would probably work to their advantage.
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