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Constantine Riots (1934)
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From Friday, August 3, to Monday, August 6, 1934, intermittent rioting occurred between Jews and Muslims in the city of Constantine in Algeria. The initial cause occurred on Friday night, when Elie Khalifa, a Jewish tailor and zouave (colonial soldier), insulted several Muslims who were washing in the mosque across from his home. Khalifa subsequently claimed that he had cursed the Muslims, their nudity, and Islam; the Muslim men claimed that he had urinated on them and against the wall of the mosque. As this discrepancy sugg…

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Ethan Katz, “Constantine Riots (1934)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_000509>
First published online: 2010

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