JTA – A Moroccan institution, with official government support, has signed an agreement with the US State Department to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, the second such agreement in the Arab Middle East.
The agreement signed Friday by El Mehdi Boudra, the president of the Mimouna Association, and Elan Carr, the State Department envoy to fight anti-Semitism, points to the far-reaching ambition of Abraham’s agreements. ‘Trump administration, to normalize among the Arabs only Israel, but Zionism.
The Memorandum of Understanding states that the parties “intend to work together to share and promote best practices to combat all forms of anti-Semitism, including anti-Zionism and the delegitimization of the State of Israel” and “to combat other types of intolerance and hatred. ” , including Islamophobia “.
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The agreement is similar to the one signed in October between Carr and an institution in Bahrain. In both cases, the signatory organizations are not governmental bodies, but have the blessing of the royal family. The Mimouna Association was founded in 2007 by Muslims trying to preserve the country’s Jewish heritage.
– Elmehdi Boudra (@ElBoudra) January 17, 2021
The Abraham Accords, promoted by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his Middle East envoy, Avi Berkowitz, have encompassed four countries. In addition to Bahrain and Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Sudan have agreed on normalization with Israel.
In recent years, each of the countries has had good relations with Jewish organizations and quiet but friendly relations with Israel. By boosting open relations and getting the ruling elites to bless Zionism, the architects of the Abraham Accords hope to set an example that would erode Israel’s isolation in the region.
The agreement “strengthens the deep and long-standing collaboration between our two countries in the fight against all forms of intolerance and the promotion of peace and mutual coexistence,” said in a statement the ambassador of the Morocco in the United States, Princess Lalla Joumala. “It is an unwavering commitment led by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, who sets the example and defends the proud heritage of tolerance perpetuated by his ancestors.”
Also attending the event, held at Zoom, were Carr MP Ellie Cohanim Jason Guberman, the executive director of the American Sephardic Federation and representatives of the Conference of Presidents of major American Jewish organizations.