Morocco: New our bodies to acknowledge Judaism as ‘a part of wealthy Moroccan tradition’


RABAT, Morocco — Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has approved a reorganization of the nation’s Jewish neighborhood, a “part” of nationwide tradition within the North African nation, based on the royal palace.

The measures have been introduced to a council of ministers assembly attended on Wednesday by the nation’s monarch and crown prince, at Rabat’s royal palace.

Performing on “royal instruction,” Inside Minister Abdelouafi Laftit proposed the institution of latest consultant our bodies, acknowledging the Jewish custom as “a part of the wealthy Moroccan tradition,” based on the official information company MAP.

The measures got here the identical day US President Joe Biden touched down in Israel on his first presidential go to to the Center East.

In a speech at Ben Gurion Airport, close to Tel Aviv, Biden promised to “advance Israel’s integration into the area.”

Morocco established diplomatic ties with the Jewish state in 2020.

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, proper, on the Royal Palace in Fez, Morocco, Sept. 10, 2021. (Moroccan Royal Palace by way of AP)

The dominion’s Jewish neighborhood is estimated to quantity 3,000 folks, the most important in North Africa. Following consultations with Jewish leaders, King Mohammed’s initiative will set up a Nationwide Council of the Moroccan Jewish Neighborhood, a Basis of Moroccan Judaism tasked with defending the neighborhood’s heritage, and a Fee of Moroccan Jews Overseas.

The dominion’s Jewish neighborhood dates to antiquity and grew within the fifteenth century with the expulsion of Spain’s Jews.

By the Forties its quantity had grown to 250,000, representing 10 p.c of the nation’s inhabitants, however mass emigration adopted Israel’s founding in 1948.

Roughly 700,000 Israelis declare Moroccan descent and preserve sturdy ties with their nation of origin.

Illustrative: Protection Minister Benny Gantz, left, with Moroccan International Minister Nasser Bourita in Rabat, Morocco, November 24, 2021. (AP Photograph/Mosa’ab Elshamy)

This new group of Moroccan Judaism comes alongside progress throughout a variety of spheres within the ties between Morocco and Israel.

Israel and Morocco established diplomatic relations in December 2020 as a part of the US-backed Abraham Accords, which noticed a number of Arab international locations normalize ties with the Jewish state.

King Mohammed’s presence on the assembly was his second public look in three days, accompanied by Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, amid public curiosity within the monarch’s well being following two coronary heart operations since 2018 and a June COVID-19 prognosis.

On Sunday, the king led prayers at a royal residence in Sale, close to Rabat, through the Muslim competition of Eid al-Adha.

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