Moroccan Ambassador: We can help bring peace to the entire region

The Abraham Accords can inspire peace throughout the region, said Moroccan Ambassador to Israel Abderrahim Beyyoudh at an event for Israeli and Moroccan scholars studying the customs of Moroccan Jews.

The “vision” of King Mohammed VI of Morocco is “to bring peace not only to our two countries, but to the entire region … so that Morocco can play its historic role in bridging differences and uniting people, hopefully creating peace and security throughout the region, for the good of all, ”said Beyyoudh.

Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan hosted a Moroccan delegation for the event entitled “Culture and Hebrew Law in Morocco”, co-sponsored by the Abraham Zagouri Center for Studies and Research on Hebrew Law and Bayt Dakira, the Jewish museum in Essaouira, Morocco. among others.

The ambassador said the conference was the first in person for Israelis and Moroccans since the countries reestablished diplomatic ties in December last year, and expressed hope that it would pave the way for more such events in the future.

“The vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and his strategic decision to resume relations with Israel why we are here today,” he said.

BDERRAHIM BEYYOUDH, Morocco’s Charge d’Affaires, presents President Isaac Herzog with a signed copy of King Mohammed VI’s letter from last month. (credit: AMOS BEN-GERSHOM / GPO)

Beyyoudh pointed to the actions of the Moroccan royal family to protect Jews throughout the centuries, including the Vichy regime, and its most recent renovation of Jewish historic sites in the country.

“The list is very long and a lot has been done, from teaching Hebrew and fighting anti-Semitism to creating schools to study Jewish heritage in Morocco,” he said.

Beyyoudh called for Israeli-Moroccan cooperation to maintain the shared heritage of the countries.

“I want your association with Moroccan universities and we are here to help. We can teach the new generations to live together in a tolerant country, and they can learn from that and have great ideas and move on, “he said.

Former MP Dr. Shimon Ohayon, director of the Dahan Center for Cultural Society and Education in Sephardic Heritage, introduced Beyyoudh, paying tribute to the “special relationship between the King of Morocco and the Jewish community.”

There are more than a million Israelis of Moroccan descent, with more than 300,000 Jews emigrating from Morocco to Israel in 1948-1965. There are currently about 3,000 Jews living in Morocco.

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