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SIXTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT.
VI.—MOROCCO.
By the desire of the Council the Secretary waited, in September, upon Mr. W. Kirby Green, who had been appointed Minister to Morocco in succession to Sir John Drummond Hay, and received from that gentleman the assurance— which since then has been amply fulfilled—that he would in every -way bring to bear the humane influence of Her Majesty's Government, with the view of promoting the well-being of those Jewish communities whose affairs might be brought under his notice.
The Jewish population in the interior of the Moorish dominions continues to be in a precarious condition, owing to the arbitrary proceedings of local governors and the barbarous conduct of the non-Jewish inhabitants. These untoward circumstances are aggravated by a new element of cruelty. Several European and other anti-Semites have introduced a system of fanning the flame of hatred between the Moslem and the Jewish populations. Here, as everywhere, the chances for bringing about an improved condition depend upon the diffusion of education. This is, happily, acknowledged by the heads of Jewish Communities in different parts of the Bar bar y States, and many of them are now agitating to be brought into more direct contact with promoters of useful instruction in Western Europe and in the United States of America.
Disturbances at Fez.—The Jewish inhabitants of Fez were, in the middle of 1886, in imminent danger of being massacred by a mob, who were infuriated by a false rumour that a certain Jew had murdered an Arab. The tumult which ensued was promptly quieted by the civil and military heads of that capital, guards being posted on the ramparts and at the gates of the Jewish quarter. This timely precaution met with recognition from some representatives of the Anglo-Jewish Association, who sent addresses with a few additional tokens of acknowledgment to Muley Ismail, Viceroy of Fez, uncle of the Sultan, and to other eminent Moorish functionaries.
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