Addelilah Benkirane Calls Jewish People Idiots
The rising incidents of antisemitism following Israel’s response to the deadly Hamas attack have alarmed Jewish people across the world, including in Morocco, where some political leaders have openly made anti-Jewish and anti-Israel sentiments.
For instance, Moroccan ex-Prime Minister Addelilah Benkirane expressed his support for Hamas two weeks ago and labeled Jewish people as “idiots.”
While delivering his speech during a Justice and Development Party conference on November 19, the former Prime Minister said only a few Jews were intelligent, but most of them were idiots and had what he called “short-term vision.”
Benkire did not stop there. He claimed that God originally chose Jewish people and then cursed them later.
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Morrocan Journalist Turns Against Jewish People
Benkire isn’t the first prominent person in Morocco to make statements that have the potential to endanger the Jewish community in the country. A few months ago, Chama Darchul, a popular Moroccan journalist who in the past visited Israel thrice while presenting herself as a supporter of normalization, accused the Jews in Morocco of having “colonial ambitions” in the country.
According to an unidentified source who spoke to Israeli news outlet Israel Hayom, Darchoul’s change of heart towards Jewish people resulted from building strong ties with Qatar. She is now telling Arab countries to refrain from taking part in any normalization discussions.
Nabila Mounib’s Antisemitic Sentiments
In another antisemitic case in Morocco, Unified Socialist Party’s general secretary Nabila Mounib accused Guy Der’i, a Jew who has lived in the country for over 80 years, of being an infiltrator in the government. He made the accusation despite Der’i working in the Moroccan government for more than 40 years.
Additionally, Mounib has previously alleged that most of the Jews in Morocco participated in killing their fellow Arabs in Palestine.
The Moroccan government has acted against antisemites in the past. For instance, Politician Salafi Imam was barred from running for any public office after making an antisemitic sentiment in 2016. However, in recent years, the government appears to have stopped going after antisemitism inciters.