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  • 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 ▸

  • Moroccan King Says Mideast Crisis Linked to U.S. Support for Israel

    King Hassan II of Morocco, until now the Arab leader who has been least critical of Israel, has said that the explosive situation in the Middle East can be traced to America’s unqualified support for Israel. In an interview published Wednesday in the French daily Le Monde, Hassan said the underlying obstacle toward peace in… More ▸

  • Zionist Youth Group Betar Planning Chapter in Morocco

    The Betar Zionist youth movement plans to open a branch in Casablanca, Morocco, in the near future. Such a move would follow the expected opening shortly of a branch in Budapest. Chapters already exist in the Soviet Union. Details of the expansion of Betar’s activities were given at a news conference here Monday b Herzl… More ▸

  • Israel-morocco Phone Link Launched

    A direct-dialing telephone link between Israel and Morocco was inaugurated Thursday with a telephone conversation between Minister-Without-Portfolio Raphael Edri in Tel Aviv and Robert Asseraf, a leader of the Moroccan Jewish community. The phone link between Israel and countries that have no direct phone communications with Israel was established two years ago by the Tel… More ▸

  • Palestinians Following Summit in Casablanca with Skepticism

    Palestinians, suffering the self-imposed hardships of their uprising and increasingly tough countermeasures by Israeli security forces, did not react with much enthusiasm this week to the encouraging words reaching them from Western capitals and the Arab summit in Casablanca. There was U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s speech Monday in Washington urging Israel to give… More ▸

  • Moroccan King Expresses Dismay over Dukakis Campaign Promises

    King Hassan of Morocco expressed the hope Tuesday that Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis “will have a lapse of memory should he be elected.” The monarch, in an interview with Le Monde, said, “I understand Mr. Dukakis’ electoral considerations,” but added that he hoped the Massachusetts governor, if elected president, would forget some of his… More ▸

  • Israelis Laud Morocco’s Ex-king As Son Celebrates Birthday

    King Hassan II of Morocco, who celebrated his 58th birthday on July 10, was presented with a scroll signed by 71 prominent Israelis, attesting to the role of his late father, King Muhammed V, in fighting the Nazis during World War II and saving Jewish lives in Europe and Morocco. The information was reported to… More ▸