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  • Israel and Morocco Reported on Verge of Expanding Their Ties

    Israel and Morocco are reportedly on the verge of expanding their ties. While the expansion would not create diplomatic relations between them, the two countries are reportedly set to announce economic measures including air, telephone and mail links. Morocco has been at the forefront of Arab countries open to contacts with Israel. The Israeli Embassy… More ▸

  • Jewish Leader Named Minister in Cabinet of Morocco’s Monarch

    The president of Morocco’s Jewish Communities Council has been named minister of tourism, in a move seen as further proof of the North African country’s commitment to peace in the Middle East. Serge Berdugo, who last week was tapped to be the first Jewish Cabinet official in more than 35 years, is personally close to… More ▸

  • Canadian Jewish Congress Meets with Jordanian, Moroccan Envoys

    For the first time ever, the representative body of Canadian Jewry has met with the ambassador of Jordan. On Thursday, a Canadian Jewish Congress delegation, headed by its national president, Irving Abella, traveled to Ottawa to meet with Jordanian ambassador Hani Khalifeh. Later, the group met with Moroccan Ambassador Tajeddine Baddou. The meetings are part… More ▸

  • Rabin and Peres Visit Morocco Amid Hope for Diplomatic Ties

    The historic Israeli-Palestinian signing ceremony at the White House this week has already had a far-reaching diplomatic impact, with several longtime enemies of Israel announcing interest in establishing relations with the Jewish state. Officials here were expecting Morocco to make such an announcement soon, following a surprise visit to that country Tuesday by Prime Minister… More ▸

  • Jewish Stance on Conflict in Bosnia Discussed with Moroccan Ambassador

    Morocco’s ambassador to the United Nations met with a Jewish delegation here this week to hear the organized Jewish community’s position on the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The meeting was held at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Present was American Ambassador Madeleine Albright, who organized the session at the request of her Moroccan counterpart;… More ▸

  • 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 ▸