Morocco participated in the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust, through a visit organized last Thursday to the Auschwitz camp in Poland, where the genocide of more than a million people, mostly Jews, took place during the Second World War.
Organized by the World Islamic League and led by its Secretary General, Saudi Sheikh Mohammad Al Issa, the visit was carried out by a large delegation that visited the Auschwitz camp. It was composed of several religious leaders from different currents. And it was Ahmed Abbadi, Secretary General of the Rabita Mohammadia des Oulémas, who represented Morocco at this ceremony. The photos and videos published on the page “Israel Speaks Arabic”, showed Mr. Abbadi in the forefront of Muslim leaders.
After the visit, which took them to different parts of the Auschwitz camp, the members of the delegation performed a collective prayer in memory of the victims of the Nazi Shoah. The same page published a video showing Sheikh Al Issa performing the prayer as Imam before making a statement in which he clarified that there was no political objective behind the visit, which was intended as a sign of solidarity with all the victims of the Holocaust and an expression of the condemnation by Muslims of these heinous crimes.
It should be noted that the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed on the same page: “this humanitarian spirit of the Islamic delegation which embodies the message of tolerant Islam”. This ministry also published photos of the visit and wrote the following comment: “Pictures that are worth a thousand words: the Secretary General of the Islamic World League, Saudi Sheikh Mohammed Al Issa and Muslim clerics from around the world, during a historic visit to the Auschwitz extermination camp. After silence and denial, we are witnessing a change in the Islamic world’s position on the Holocaust. There is no doubt that the monotheistic religions condemn any aggressive act that contradicts the teachings of God and humanity. ».
Quoting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “I welcome the visit of Dr. Mohammad Al Issa, Secretary General of the Islamic World League, to Auschwitz. This is a sign of the change that has taken place in the behavior of some Arab and Muslim countries towards Israel, the Holocaust and the Jewish people. I also welcome the important statements made by the Emirati Minister for Foreign Affairs, Abdullah ben Zayed, who commemorated the victims of the Holocaust and called for the fight against racism, hatred and extremism. His statements are extraordinary with respect to the Arab world’s relationship to the Holocaust. They are also evidence of the change in the Arab world’s attitude towards Israel.
On the occasion of this anniversary, Israel was visited by several delegations from 50 countries, who came to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz camp at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center in Jerusalem.