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Moroccans protest their country’s ties with Israel

The protesters, called in a show of support for the Palestinians, gathered near the parliament building in a series of similar demonstrations in other cities in this Maghreb country.

These protests are the consequence of this renewal of relations, according to a statement by the Moroccan Front in support of Palestine and against normalization (Fmapcn), published last Saturday and sent to the press.

We express our opposition to any form of normalization (of relations with Tel Aviv) and reiterate our unconditional support for the Palestinian cause, the text adds.

This sit-in (…) is intended to demonstrate for the umpteenth time that we are opposed to the normalization of relations between Morocco and the Zionist state and that the crimes against the Palestinians continue, the deputy and general secretary of the United Socialist Party, Nabila Munib, told the press.

In the past year alone, Israeli occupying forces and Zionist farmers in the West Bank killed nearly 300 Palestinian civilians, according to local sources.

The protest followed the Israeli army’s invasion of the Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin, killing 10 unarmed civilians, and attacks on Israelis transplanted to East Jerusalem and the West Bank occupied by Tel Aviv 55 years ago.

Tensions in East Jerusalem, Al Quds for the Arabs, are at a hot spot over the violations of Israeli subjects, aided by their country’s police and army, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam’s three holiest sites, multiple targets of destruction attempts.

The city, holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews, in the eastern part of which the Palestinians want to establish their independent government, was annexed by the Israeli parliament in 1980 with the tacit support of the United States, which moved its embassy to the city.

Palestinian government media are warning of the possible outbreak of a new Palestinian intifada (uprising, in Arabic) against the occupation, particularly with the arrival of an ultra-Zionist government in Israel that favors the annexation of the West Bank.

Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco announced on December 10 the resumption of diplomatic relations and, almost simultaneously, the signing of trade and military agreements.