“Israel speaks Arabic” Commemorates the Memory of Hassan II

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the death of HM King Hassan II, the Facebook page “Israel speaks Arabic” paid tribute to the Moroccan sovereign by publishing a photo of the street and the plaque bearing his name, in an Israeli city, with the mention: “in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the death of Hassan II, King of Morocco”.

The page praised the charismatic personality of the late HM Hassan II and his continued efforts for peace, as well as the good relations between Israel and Morocco during his reign. The image of this event was accompanied by the following comment: “The efforts of Hassan II, King of Morocco, have remained engraved in the Israeli memory, because he had opted for dialogue and moderation and contributed to the establishment of conditions facilitating the meeting between Egyptians and Israelis, having paved the way for the Camp David Agreement between Egypt and Israel in 1993, just as he encouraged peaceful negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis”.

“The special relationship between broad layers of the Israeli people, and in particular those of Moroccan origin and the Moroccan people, is well known to all and goes back a long way in history. Because the Moroccan Jewish community is the largest in the Middle East and North Africa, with more than a quarter of a million people until the middle of the 20th century. And just as it is the case for all its nationals, Morocco has guaranteed Moroccan nationality for life for its citizens of the Jewish faith. And as a sign of gratitude to this outstanding personality, Moroccan Jews erected a memorial to Petah Tikva in Israel and named a main boulevard in Kiryat Ekron (photo) Hassan II, not to mention that the cities of Kiryat Gat and Ashdod did the same by giving the same name to a cornice and a garden respectively, as a sign of gratitude for the brotherly friendship and tolerance towards the Jews who characterized his reign,” says the same publication.

He went on to say that “Moroccan culture is alive and well in Israel. Moroccan cuisine is present in markets and restaurants, Moroccan music is also broadcast on the radio, just as there are Israeli festivals where people sing in Moroccan Arabic.

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