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Morocco’s Premier Assures Jews of Equality, Fails to Repudiate Anti-semitic Statement of Parliament

Premier Karim Lamrani of Morocco assured that country’s Jewish community yesterday of their full and equal citizenship but failed to specifically repudiate an anti-Semitic statement by a member of parliament last week. Lamrani cabled the Jewish leadership that Jews are considered to be fully responsible and privileged citizens of Morocco and said that his government adheres to the policies laid down by former King Mohammed V and King Hassan II that “There shall be no discrimination among Moroccan citizens whatever their religion.”

The cable was in response to a wave of protests in Morocco and abroad after Hillali Bouchahim demanded in parliament the firing of all Jewish civil servants because they were allegedly Zionists and could “corrupt” the administration of the country. Premier Lamrani made no reference to Bouchahim’s demand nor did he refute his views.