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Ceuta is a Spanish territorial enclave (as is the smaller Melilla) located along Morocco's Mediterranean coast. Ceuta is next to the Moroccan city of Tetuan and is directly across the Stait of Gibraltar from Algeciras and Gibraltar. It had been held by Portugal from 1415 and continued to be ruled as part of the Portuguese empire when Portugal and Spain were united under a single monarch from 1580 to 1640. On Portugal regaining its independence in 1640, Ceuta opted for Spanish rule and remained Spanish, even following the independence of Spanish Morocco in 1956.




Melilla has a population of about 85,000 with a large Spanish military presence. The Jewish community is old with strong ties to Meknes and Oudja in Morocco. There has been some immigration to Israel but much less in percentage than in Morocco. Information provided by Jean Francois Hayet-Toledano." Source: [April 2004]


"Chevra Kadisha set afire: The World Jewish Congress reports that the pre-burial chapel at the Jewish cemetery at Cueta, where bodies are cleansed and prepared for burial, recently was set afire by unknown individuals." Source: Dateline: World Jewry , WJC, 501 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10022.
See: Freedman, Warren. World Guide for the Jewish Traveler. NY: E.P. Dutton Inc, 1984. Submitted by Bernard Kouchel: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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