Moroccans protest on 1st anniversary of normalization with Israel
Hundreds of Moroccans have staged demonstrations to express their support for the Palestinian cause and condemn the normalization of diplomatic relations between the North African country and Israel on the first anniversary of the US-sponsored deal.
People from all walks of life participated in rallies across the country on Wednesday night, as they heeded a call by the "Moroccan Front in Support of Palestine and Against Normalization".
It includes 15 political, union and human rights organizations that have voiced solidarity with Palestine and denounced Morocco’s normalization of ties with the Israeli regime.
The demonstrators chanted slogans in condemnation of the normalization, and demanded the reversal of the agreement, which they described as “ominous.”
The protesters shouted “Morocco is my free land and Zionists must leave,” “Palestine is resisting while regimes are normalizing”, “We love Palestine with all our hearts,” and “No to normalization.”
Moroccan security forces then intervened to disperse the crowds, especially in the capital Rabat and the western port city of Casablanca.
Israel and Morocco agreed on December 10, 2020 to normalize relations in a deal brokered with the help of former US President Donald Trump’s administration, making the North African country the fourth Arab state last year to strike a normalization deal with the regime. The others were the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.
Former Trump sealed the agreement in a phone call with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI. As part of the agreement, the US president agreed to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara region, which has been at the center of a dispute with neighboring Algeria.