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Morocco Week in Review 
April 27, 2019

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

BBC Adventurer Alice Morrison: ‘In Morocco, You Walk on History’

In the course of years of her discovery and adventures across Morocco, the kingdom has become integral to Alice Morrison’s identity.

ByTamba François Koundouno- Apr 14, 2019 Rabat

Even for somebody with her pedigree in adventure and travelling as well as her religious attachment to what she calls “our shared humanity, common experiences,” Alice Morrison evinces an unyielding refusal to exoticize Morocco. For the BBC journalist, who graciously describes herself as an “Arabian and adventurer,” the North African country, which she has come to see as her second home, is not only appealing because it is different from her native Britain. Rather, what is exciting for Morrison is the daily reminder, even while living with people considered “different,” that “what we have in common far outweighs anything that we may have as differences,” she told Morocco World News.

What Connects Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Why You Should Visit

2 weeks ago in Travel by Amy Tori

Spain and Portugal are separated from Morocco by the Gibraltar channel. The countries are thus situated on different continents, and yet, there is a significant common feature, which is often forgotten. All of those territories have once been ruled by the Moors. The Moors were Muslims who lived in northern Africa, particularly in Morocco and Algeria. They settled in the land of the Iberian Peninsula and called it “Al-Andalus.” So basically, that part of Spain was once ruled by Muslims. We highly recommend the Spain Morocco Portugal tours to see the Muslim and oriental signs left in the ancient cities of Granada, Sevilla, Malaga, etc. and compare them to the current beauty of Marrakesh. The Moors have influenced European culture. If you visit these three countries, you will see the similarity is obvious and fascinating. ======================================

Jewish Community Appoints First Chief Rabbi in Morocco in 100 Years

The new chief rabbi is the great-grandson of the Moroccan Rabbi Chaim Pinto.

By Safaa Kasraoui is a journalist at Morocco World News. Apr 15, 2019 Rabat

Representatives from the Moroccan government attended the swearing in ceremony of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, who has been appointed as the chief rabbinical judge for the Jewish community living in Morocco. International news outlets reported that leaders of the Jewish community and the governor of the Casablanca-Settat region, Said Ahmidouch, attended the special ceremony in Casablanca. ======================================

Morocco is a trove of Jewish history if you know where to go.


With its mountains and desert, beach resorts and Berber villages, Morocco is a feast for travelers of all kinds, including those who want to explore the kingdom’s deep Jewish roots.
The presence of Jews in Morocco stretches back more than 2,000 years. Before the founding of Israel in 1948, estimates put their number as high as about 275,000, which was considered the largest Jewish community in the Muslim world, said Roy Mittelman, director of the Jewish studies program at The City College of New York.

Morocco allure tourists with its Jewish history

AP : Apr 18, 2019

Morocco is a trove of Jewish history if you know where to go.

The Jewish Museum of Morocco in Casablanca receives the largest donation of Moroccan Judaica artifacts donated by opera singer David Serero

Published: Apr 17, 2019

UAE Celebrates Morocco’s Cultural Heritage and Moroccan Women

Mohammed Amine Benabou is a BA holder in English Studies and an MA student majoring in Cultural Studies and Linguistics at the English Department, Ibn-Tofail University.

Apr 17, 2019 Rabat

Abu Dhabi has opened the “Morocco in Abu Dhabi 2019” festival, an event devoted to celebrating the cultural and artistic heritage of Morocco. The UAE’s capital is hosting the festival for the fourth year in a row as part of its objective of “reinforcing ties between the UAE and the Kingdom of Morocco.” ======================================

Popular 'goats in trees' tourist attraction in Morocco is STAGED by 'opportunistic' farmers who bring in animals from other areas and force them to stand in the heat all day, campaigners say

By Miranda Aldersley For Mailonline 24 April 2019 ======================================

Moroccan Agriculture Minister Predicts Average Cereal Production.

An “average” production of cereals is expected this year in Morocco.

Apr 23, 2019 Rabat

Aziz Akhannouch, the minister of agriculture and fisheries has commented on Morocco’s expected agriculture production this year, saying wheat, barley, and durum harvests, the three main cereals in Morocco, will be only average. In response to a question in the House of Representatives on Monday, April 22, Akhannouch stated that “the agricultural production season will be average only for the three types of cereals.”

Education Minister: Moroccan Schools Need French for Social Equality.

Despite sparking outrage in conservative Morocco, Morocco’s education minister remains convinced that adopting French as an instruction language will benefit Moroccan society as a whole.

By Tamba François Koundouno- Apr 23, 2019 Rabat

Facing widespread controversy for a draft law seeking to replace Arabic with French as the language of instruction for scientific subjects in Moroccan schools, the country’s education minister has issued his strongest defense yet for using French. More than a policy preference, Minister Said Amzazi argued, adopting French would allow Morocco to come to terms with its persisting problem with social inequality. At the same time, Amzazi predicts, as more Moroccan graduates master French, Morocco will become more competitive in the global knowledge market.
Amzazi’s defense of French came in a wide-ranging interview with Moroccan outlet Challenge

From Terrorist to Disciple: Moroccan Hollywood’s Longest-Serving Extra.

Dozens of photos hang on the walls of Abdelaziz Bouydnayen’s home, each one capturing a memory from his more than three decades on set.

By Anton L. Delgado -Anton is interning as a news correspondent for Morocco World News.Apr 20, 2019 Ouarzazate

With a lit cigarette between his lips and a walking cane in hand, “Osama Bin Laden” left his clay home to begin his daily neighborhood stroll. Dressed in his classic white gandoura tunic dress, beige beret, and favorite military jacket, Bin Laden walked through winding roads of eastern Morocco’s Ouarzazate—a name that originates from the Amazigh (Berber) words “ouar” and “zazt,” which mean “without” and “noise.”

MENA’s Prohibition of Homosexuality Is More Than a Human Rights Issue.

Criminalization of homosexuality is not effective in combating HIV. Gender segregation, difficulty in accessing female sex workers, and delayed marriage may increase homosexual activity in the MENA region.

By Charifa Zemouri -is a PhD-candidate at the faculty of Dentistry in Amsterdam. Apr 19, 2019 Amsterdam

The UN  adopted a resolution on June 30, 2016, for protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The council adopted the resolution despite votes against from mainly MENA countries, such as Algeria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar. In most MENA and African countries, engaging in same-sex sexual acts is a crime. In countries such as Morocco, Algeria, and Chad—but also Turkmenistan and Malaysia—men who have sex with men can face prison time from 8 years to a life sentence.

Web of Hate Is Rooted in Putting All Muslims in One Category.

It’s clear that Islamophobia is on the rise globally. This antipathy towards adherents of the Muslim faith is often presented as a violent reaction to terrorism committed by the Islamic State. This suggests that if terrorism by so-called Islamic groups ends, Islamophobia will too.

By Moha Ennaji - is an author and international consultant. Apr 21, 2019 Rabat

Academic and author from the University of Birmingham Chris Allen has correctly discarded this thesis. He argues that it’s extremely dangerous because it ultimately legitimises indolent stereotypes which describe all Muslims as terrorists. And it plays into racist views held by individuals and parts of the media. It amalgamates Islam, terrorism, and all Muslims, which means that the faith is viewed as a threat.A study conducted by Pew Research found that, even in more supposedly liberal countries such as France, nearly half of respondents thought that some Muslims supported the Islamic State and its aims. Other research has found that a majority of people in several European countries – among them Poland and Austria – supported a ban on immigration from majority-Muslim countries.

Is 2019 a New Arab Spring, and Will It Succeed This Time?

Those who support revolutions believe that the “Arab Spring” will ultimately succeed after drawing lessons from the failures of past experiences.

By -Saad Eddine Lamzouwaq is a reporter who worked as an assistant to several TV correspondents in Morocco. Apr 16, 2019 Rabat

Popular uprisings have deposed two long-time rulers in what some termed “the second wave of the Arab Spring,” eight years after the first wave hit North Africa and the Middle East.
Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir joined Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh, and Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, all overthrown during the popular peaceful and armed uprisings in 2011. Syria’s Bashar Al Assad is the only surviving president of the pre-Arab Spring era, a privilege he largely owes to his Russian and Iranian allies.
In 2019 Arab masses seem again to have accomplished the unthinkable: Forcing out of power a leader who ruled for two or three decades after weeks of peaceful protests.

The Lesson of Notre Dame: Culture as a Phoenix

We all stood watching Notre Dame ablaze with contrite hearts; we instantly saw, in the plumes of dark smoke rising from the eight-hundred-year roof of the cathedral, arrows which pierced our hearts.

By -Dr Jamal Eddine Benhayoun, Head of Department, Full Professor of comparative cultural studies and English literature. Apr 19, 2019 Rabat

 The Dame of Paris was about to be reduced to ashes as fire fighters pumped hopes, prayers, and sighs with every pulse of water that combated the ravishing fires’ attack on the roof of the much-adored cathedral. Some might have thought that Notre Dame was, after all, “just another building”–an old building the French could rebuild if, in the worst-case scenario, it was consumed down to ash and rubble. Well, we all know that this ancient building is not just another old building. Anyone familiar with the urban heart of Paris will recognise Notre Dame as both a powerful symbol and an iconic landmark.

Why Everyone Should Learn More Than One Language.

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” - Frank Smith.

By Badr Hmimssa is a PhD student and high school teacher in a Moroccan public school in Taourirt. Apr 13, 2019 Taourirt

The other night I was watching a television series in Spanish with English subtitles. I did not enjoy the series as much as I could have, though, because I had to follow the subtitles and move my eyes up and down like a robot. I was trying to understand every single word of the dialogue. Though my English is good, I was not really enjoying the series. Needing to work to catch the dialogue without having to look at the subtitles was an incentive for me to pick up Spanish.  I was irritated that I could not understand words in the original language. More importantly, I was deprived of cherishing the beauty of that language. Probably most of us experience some similar frustration, whether it is watching television or something else, before taking up a language. This may sound ridiculous to some, but it really is not. It always starts like this! You only start learning something when you really need it.

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