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  • Moroccan Jews Rocked by Attacks, but King Promises Them Protection

    When the Moroccan Jewish community was contacted after the weekend’s deadly terror attacks in Casablanca that targeted Jewish institutions, they were asked if they wanted to leave for Israel. “Is Tel Aviv safer?” they reportedly responded. On Sunday, King Mohammed VI reassured Moroccan Jews that he would protect them. Joined by Jewish and Muslim leaders,… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World After 500 Years, Jews Leaving Spanish Enclaves Near Morocco

    Growing anti-Semitism and poor economic prospects are threatening to extinguish two Jewish communities on the North African coast. After the expulsion from Spain in 1492, a small number of Jews escaped across the Strait of Gibraltar to two fortress cities that Spanish kings were establishing as beachheads in North Africa. Despite the Inquisition on the… More ▸

  • In Medieval Moroccan City, a Synagogue is Rededicated

    Tens of thousands of Jews once lived in the Old City of this former capital of Imperial Morocco. Now only a handful remain within its walls — most have emigrated to France, Israel or Canada. But last week about 200 Jews — Moroccans and visitors — braved a driving rain to sing and dance through… More ▸

  • Morocco Cancels Conference to Avoid Israeli Participation

    The faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace process has apparently led to the abrupt cancellation of an economic conference by a country that has long been regarded as a friend of the Jewish state. Moroccan officials canceled this week a meeting between ministers of the European Union and 12 Mediterranean countries. According to well-informed sources, the move came… More ▸

  • Israeli Organizer of Conference Detained in Morocco for 9 Days

    A prominent Israeli physician who was prevented from leaving Morocco for more than a week has returned home. Daniel Weinstein, the head of obstetrics at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, was a key organizer of the First World Congress on Maternal Mortality, held March 8 to 14 in Marrakech. The conference drew about 1,000 doctors, midwives,… More ▸

  • Moroccan King Backs Peres Campaign

    King Hassan II of Morocco has lent his firm support to Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, saying that the Middle East peace process would be in danger if his Labor Party lost Israel’s May 29 national elections. “We must pray to prevent disaster. The risk of a change of majority [in Israel] does not —… More ▸

  • Israel to Compensate Family of Moroccan Killed by Mossad

    Israel has agreed to compensate the family of a Moroccan waiter mistakenly killed by the Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence service. Bringing to an end what was known for 23 years as the “Lillehammer Episode,” Israeli lawyer Amnon Goldenberg this week signed an agreement with the family of Ahmed Bouchiki, who was shot dead by Mossad… More ▸