February 1, 2023
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A number of Israeli officials have praised the Kingdom’s efforts to preserve Jewish culture and heritage since the country’s independence, after Morocco announced the opening of new Jewish shrines and churches in a number of cities.

This week, a Jewish religious center opened in Tangier, where the former Israeli ambassador to France and the UN, Yehuda Lankri, praised the religious openness of the Kingdom in an interview with Israel Today.

The Israeli diplomat emphasized that the history of Judaism is closely connected with the late King Mohammed V, who was among the fighters for the “protection of the Jews and the identity of Morocco as a country of tolerance, peace, mutual understanding and coexistence of religions.”

He cited the “extraordinary efforts” that King Mohammed VI continues to make to protect Moroccan Jewish culture, who wants, as proof of this, “to anchor the Jewish component in the Moroccan constitution, to carry out extensive programs to restore Jewish historical sites and establish museums of Jewish heritage” .

As Chief Rabbi and leader of the Jewish community of Casablanca Joseph Israel said, Muhammad VI, as the commander of the faithful, remains deeply attached to Jewish customs and never misses an opportunity to inspire the Jews of Morocco to work to preserve this heritage.

The religious leader explained that the “House of Remembrance” is a symbolic place and a testament to the tolerance and coexistence of the Islamic, Jewish and even Christian religions. He stressed that the coexistence between religions makes Morocco a country of tolerance par excellence.

The opening ceremony of the Moroccan Jewish Heritage Research Center was marked by the presentation of the book “Kings of Mercy and Kindness” by Chaim Levy, which tells about the history of the Alawite dynasty and its relationship with the Jewish community.

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