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  • JNF Forest to Honor Moroccan Monarch

    A Jewish National Fund forest of 10,000 trees has been dedicated in Jerusalem’s Ramot neighborhood in honor of King Mohammed V of Morocco, who died in 1961. The late king is revered by North African Jews for courageously refusing their deportation to Nazi Germany during World War II. Mohammed was the father of the reigning… More ▸

  • World Assembly of Moroccan Jewry Calls for Arab-israel Coexistence

    The first World Assembly of Moroccan Jewry ended with a call for Arab-Israel coexistence and a pledge to help promote a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. David Amar of Casablanca, president of the Council of Moroccan Jewish Communities, was elected president of the World Assembly at its organizing meeting here over the… More ▸

  • World Assembly of Moroccan Jews Opens

    The first World Assembly of Moroccan Jewry opened here today with a warm welcome from Morocco’s Ambassador to Canada and a plea by the president of Quebec’s Sephardic community “to strengthen our attachment to Morocco” and “to preserve our 2,000-year history, culture and religion.” Some 150 delegates from Israel, the U.S., France, Spain, Venezuela, Great… More ▸

  • Morocco Refuses to Allow Two Israelis to Enter Country After Being Invited by Former Senegalese Pres

    Israeli writer and philosopher Aharon Amir is returning today to Israel after Morocco denied him entry to attend an international conference in Marrakesh. Amir and another Israeli, writer and Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Andre Chouraqui, had been invited to the World Conference on Poetry by its chairman, former Senegalese President Leopold Senghor. Morocco’s refusal to grant… More ▸

  • JDC Ships 10,000 Hebrew Books to Jews of Morocco

    More than 10,000 Hebrew books, including 8,000 prayer texts for Sephardi rites and 2,000 school texts, were shipped to the Jewish community of Morocco from New York by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and were used for the High Holidays, it was reported today by Ralph Goldman, JDC executive vice president. According to… More ▸

  • Moroccan King Frees Jewish Prisoner

    A Jewish mathematician, imprisoned in Morocco, was set free Saturday after having served 12 years of an 18-year sentence. Sion Assidon, 36, a self-confessed Marxist activist, was pardoned by King Hassan II and left Kenitra prison where he had been held. Though Assidon, a prominent lecturer and scientist, was sentenced on charges not connected with… More ▸

  • 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… More ▸

  • Conference of Moroccan Jewish Communities Seen As Possible Precursor of New Mideast Peace Initiative

    Several Knesset members who attended the first national conference of Moroccan Jewish communities which ended here Monday night, expressed cautious optimism yesterday that the event could herald a new Middle East peace initiative encouraged by King Hassan of Morocco. The conference, which opened Sunday, drew some 500 participants and observers representing the Moroccan Jewish community… More ▸

  • U.S. Welcomes Moroccan Government’s Hospitality Toward Jewish Conclave

    The State Department said today that the United States “welcomes” the hospitality of the Moroccan government toward the international conference of Jews from Morocco that included a 35-member delegation from Israel. “The Congress of the Council of Jewish Communities in Morocco is a bi-annual private event organized by the leaders fo Morocco’s Jewish community, who… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA Morocco Displays Warmth Toward Its Jewish Citizens and Cordiality Toward Israel

    The two-day national conference of Moroccan Jewish communities which opened here yesterday and ended tonight provided the occasion for a display of warmth by this Arab League member-state toward its 25,000 Jewish citizens and, more significant, cordiality toward Israel. The 35-member Israeli delegation among the 500 participants and observers from abroad included II Knesset members…. More ▸