This Day in Jewish History Anti-Jewish Rioting in Morocco Leaves 44 Dead

Massacre took place in June 1948, a month after formation of State of Israel, and triggered a mass exodus of Moroccan Jews from the North African country.

June 8, 1948, was the second and final day of anti-Jewish rioting in the northeastern Moroccan towns of Oujda and Jerada, in which 44 people were killed and some 60 wounded. The massacres, whose circumstances have never been definitively determined, came weeks after Israel’s declaration of statehood, and contributed to a dramatic upsurge in the departure of Jews from Morocco, most of them...