Moroccan Leader Sees Possibility for Resumption of Mail to Israel

Morocco’s former Minister President Abdallah Ibrahim, who is now leader of the major opposition party, suggested today that a solution to the suspension of mail communication between Morocco and Israel might be possible through the International Red Cross and the Moroccan Red Crescent.

Mr. Ibrahim made the suggestion that the Red Cross and Red Crescent might act as intermediaries to solve the problems created by the mail suspension–a treasure undertaken when he was Premier–in an interview with the Algiers Jewish monthly, “Information Juive.” He emphasized that the suspension was undertaken by Morocco as a member of the Arab Postal Union and that Morocco must respect the Postal Union’s rules.

He said he thought all Moroccans should be entitled to a passport but he added that he knew from his term of office that there had been Jewish organizers of “illegal” mass emigration from Morocco and that he considered this “clearly intolerable.” He said he saw no ready solution for the complex situation between Israel and the Arab states and that he was under no illusions about the general political situation.

He also said that his party made no distinction between Moroccan Jews and Arabs and that his party, the National Union of Popular Forces, recognized Moroccan citizens only, without regard to their religion. He stressed that his party considered all citizens as equal before the law with the same rights and duties.

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