Hassan Honors Moroccan Jewish Leader

The head of Morocco’s Jewish community, David Amar, was awarded the high decoration of “Officer in the Order of the Throne” by King Hassan at ceremonies held at the Royal Palace here, the World Jewish Congress reported today.

Amar, a prominent businessman, is secretary-general of the Council of Jewish Communities of Morocco, the central representative body of Moroccan Jewry and the WJC affiliate here. In conjunction with the WJC, Amar organized the historic conference of Morrocan Jews in the country two months ago. It was attended by leaders of Jewish communities throughout the world headed by WJC president Edgar Bronfman and included a large Israeli delegation of Knesset members and prominent officials.

The award ceremony at the Royal Palace was held on the occasion of the King’s birthday and received wide media attention in the country. Its significance was underlined by the presence of the diplomatic corps, all senior members of the government, and the highest civil and military personalities of the kingdom.

A special message was cabled by the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain, a large number of whom are of Moroccan origin, which congratulated Amar “on this distinction and expression of confidence on the part of the King.”

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