Photo: By UN Climate Change
Morocco has been a safe place for Jews especially since the darkest hour during the Second World War. Back in 2015 the Jerusalem Post reported:
The late King Mohammed V of Morocco was posthumously honored for protecting his country’s 250,000 Jews during World War II.
During World War II, King Mohammed V kept the lives and property of the country’s Jews under his protection, and did not subject them to the Vichy Laws. Later on, in response to anti-Jewish rhetoric in the wake of the creation of the State of Israel, Mohammed V warned Muslims not to hurt Moroccan Jews, reminding them that Jews had always been protected in Morocco.
Today the country took another step forward for the Jewish community:
The Jerusalem Post reports:
On Wednesday, the Moroccan news website Le Desk reported that King Mohammed VI of Morocco ordered to incorporate Holocaust studies into the educational program.
According to the report, the message was delivered via his Education Minister Said Amzazi in a high-level round table discussion on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Antisemitism is the "antonym of freedom of expression," the message from the King explained. "It manifests the negation of the other and is an admission of failure, insufficiency and inability to coexist."
"This is the anachronistic return to a mythical past. Is this the past that we want to leave as a legacy for future generations?" the sovereign questioned.
"For all that, the battle against this plague can not be handled carelessly. [The battle] is fought neither with the military nor with money, it above all depends on education and culture," he added, explaining that, "This battle has a name: education. And in the interest of our children, it is important for us to win it because they will be the beneficiaries and our ambassadors in the future."
This was welcomed by Michael Oren former Israeli Ambassador to the USA in a tweet:
Morocco’s King Muhammad V sent a profound moral message to the world. Anti Semitism & Holocaust denial is rising in the West, the leader of a proud Arab country is introducing Holocaust education into Moroccan schools with the goal of fighting anti-Semitism. There is indeed hope.
Pity the Labour Party won't be listening!