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  • Peres Praises Egypt and Morocco for Helping End Deportee Crisis

    Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres is crediting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and King Hassan of Morocco with helping to resolve the diplomatic crisis caused, by the deportation of 415 Palestinians in December. Peres praised the two leaders Sunday in an address here to the annual plenum of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council. He… More ▸

  • Thousands Honor Moroccan Tzadik, but Crowd at Festival is Shrinking

    Thousands gathered Monday to observe the annual Baba Sali festival in Netivot, marking the ninth anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shalom Abuhatzeira. The Moroccan-born rabbi, better known as Baba Sali, was a religious leader believed to have possessed miraculous powers. However, as time passes since his death, interest in the festivities seems to be… More ▸

  • Morocco Returns to Israel Bodies of Shipwreck Victims

    Israel will hold a state funeral for the 22 victims of a 1961 accident involving the immigrant boat Egoz, whose remains arrived here Wednesday from Morocco. The Egoz went down in still-unexplained circumstances off Gibraltar, and the bodies of the 22 were washed ashore and buried in Morocco. Efforts have been under way for several… More ▸

  • Youth to Visit Morocco, Spain

    A delegation of almost 500 Israeli youths will embark on a tour of Spain and Morocco for the culmination of events commemorating the 500th anniversary of the deportation of the Jews from Spain. It will be the first organized visit of Israeli youths to an Arab country except for Egypt, and is intended to explore… More ▸

  • Moroccan Post-pesach Festival Turns into Pitch for Elections

    The Feast of Mimouna, a tradition of the Moroccan Jewish community at the conclusion of Passover, became the target of electioneering politicians this week, despite objections from the festival’s organizers. “I am not responsible for this match of Mimouna and the elections,” said Sam Shitreet, one of the community leaders. Moroccan families who gathered in… More ▸

  • Moroccan King Receives Jews

    King Hassan II of Morocco held court at New York’s Plaza Hotel last Wednesday evening for 75 American and Canadian Jews of Moroccan origin, who came to express their affection for the ruler and their attachment to the land of their birth. The scene was warm and sentimental, with a touch of medieval pageantry. Hassan,… More ▸

  • Bush Fails to Get Moroccan King to Back Mideast Peace Conference

    President Bush tried but failed Thursday to win support for a Middle East peace conference from King Hassan II of Morocco. During nearly two hours of talks at the White House, Bush told the North African monarch that he was confident Israel would attend the conference, planned for late October. But that did not seem… More ▸

  • Jewish Shops Reported Looted During Rioting in Fez, Morocco

    Rioting last Friday in Fez, Morocco, caused no casualties to the handful of Jews living in that city, although Jewish-owned shops were among those looted, according to David Amar, president of Morocco’s Jewish community. Amar, who lives in Casablanca, came to Paris on Monday to brief Jewish leaders on the situation in his country, whose… More ▸