Morocco’s quasi-official Association Mimouna has signed an agreement with the US State Department to work to combat antisemitism in Morocco.
The agreement was signed on 15th January via Zoom by the President of Association Mimouna, El Mehdi Boudra, and the State Department’s Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, Elan Carr.
The agreement – a Memorandum of Understanding – follows the signing of the Abraham Accords aimed at normalising relations with Israel and promoting the acceptance of Israel and Zionism. A similar Memorandum of Understanding was signed in October between the State Department and Bahrain.
While neither the Moroccan organisation nor the signatory in Bahrain are Government bodies, both have the blessing of their nation’s respective royal family.
The Memorandum of Understanding commits the parties “to work together to share and promote best practices for combating all forms of antisemitism, including anti-Zionism and the delegitimisation of the State of Israel.” It also commits them to combat “other kinds of intolerance and hatred.”
In a statement, Morocco’s ambassador to the United States, Princess Lalla Joumala, said that the agreement “reinforces the deep and longstanding partnership ” between the United States and Morocco “in the fight against all forms of intolerance and the promotion of peace and mutual coexistence.”
She added: “It is an unwavering engagement spearheaded by His Majesty King Mohammed VI” who “ upholds the proud heritage of tolerance perpetuated by his forefathers.”