Pisces Affair
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The sinking of the Pisces was undoubtedly the most tragic episode in the history of the clandestine mass emigration of Jews from Morocco to Israel organized by the Jewish Agency and the Mossad. The incident took place on the night of January 10–11, 1961. The Pisces, an old boat renamed the Egoz, with its crew and forty-three Jewish passengers of all ages aboard, sank not far from the small Mediterranean coastal town of El Hoceima in the Rif. Forty-five people perished; twenty-two bodies were recovered and buried in a square plot in the Christian cemetery of El Hoceima. 

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Mohammed Hatimi, “Pisces Affair”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 25 July 2017
First published online: 2010



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