Tuesday, February 16, 2021

How Jews were treated in Morocco in the late 19th century

Here is an account of Jews in Fez, Morocco, part of a longer article about Morocco that was published in the (Chicago) Inter Ocean, November 4, 1894.

Although the article seems slightly exaggerated (Jews weren't forced to wear peyos, and I am skeptical that there was a death penalty for a Jew being on a street with a mosque), the article describes how the Jews are persecuted by their Muslim neighbors.  

It also has a fair amount of the typical unconscious antisemitism that is often seen in 19th century newspaper articles.

Here is another account, from the Kansas City Times, June 27, 1888: