Moroccan king honors AJC leader


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Morocco’s King Mohammed VI bestowed one of his country’s highest honors on a Jewish leader.

Jason Isaacson, the American Jewish Committee’s director of government and international affairs, was named a Knight of the Order of the Throne of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Isaacson has played a key role in developing AJC’s cooperative relationships with Morocco and a number of Arab countries across the Middle East and North Africa.

“Through political reform and reconciliation, through its determined stand against extremism, through its continued protection of religious minorities, Morocco has proven again and again its friendship, its strength, its principles,” Isaacson said last week on accepting the knighthood. “Today, our hopes again are invested in Morocco, and specifically in His Majesty King Mohammed VI, a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad — as a beacon of tolerance and moderation, as an unwavering defender of the values that underlie the three great Abrahamic faiths, as a true champion of peace.”

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