Envoy of Moroccan King Attacks Zionism in a Speech in Washington

Mehdi Benovna, a special advance representative of King Mohammed V of Morocco who prepared the royal visit in this country made a sharp attack on Zionism at an institute of Muslim-Christian cooperation conducted here, it was revealed in the minutes of the committee on Muslim-Christian cooperation of the institute. Mr. Benovna is a member of the Moroccan Consultative Assembly and was officially designated by the Foreign Ministry to assist in the preparation of the King’s current visit to the United States.

Mr. Benouna, after reviewing cooperation of Christians and Muslims in struggles for freedom, said the greatest danger to such cooperation came from imperialism, Zionism, and Communism. He said there was no chance for an understanding linking Muslims and Christians in a united front against Communism as long as the Moslem Middle East must occupy itself fighting off Zionism.

Although the conference dealt with religious cooperation rather than political issues, Mr. Benouna used the occasion to address himself mainly to a political theme Another speaker, Dorothy Thompson, leader of anti-Zionist propaganda groups, condemned Israel for the Kfar Kassim incident which was settled amicably last week between the Arab villagers and the Israel Government.

The Rev. Dr. Frederick McGuire, representative of Roman Catholic Archbishop Patrick A. O’Boyle, urged that the Muslim-Christian group be enlarged to include other religions. It was noted at the institute that the Jewish religion was not represented. But Garland Evans Hopkins, secretary general of the Committee on Muslim–Christian Cooperation, said it would be best if cooperation remained bilateral with Jews excluded. Mr. Hopkins thought the common denominator between the Muslim and Christian faiths was much wider than it would be if a third creed were included.

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