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Moroccan delegation visits Israel

People protest against US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in Rabat, Morocco on 10 December 2017 [Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency]

A Moroccan delegation arrived in Israel yesterday for a five-day tour which will include a visit to the Knesset, the Holocaust Museum, the North African Jewish Heritage Centre and several universities in the country.

The visit coincides with the expansion of international boycott campaigns and Argentina’s decision to cancel their football match with the Israeli team, which was supposed to be held at Al-Maliha Stadium in Jerusalem.

The delegation is made up of 11 people including engineers, writers, directors, and businessmen, who, according to the Ministry, consider dialogue and communication with their Israeli counterparts as important.

Delegates are scheduled to take tours in a number of cities such as Haifa and Jerusalem where they will also visit Islamic holy sites. It is expected that, as reported by the Israeli Foreign Ministry: “an interesting meeting will be held between members of the delegation and Israeli students participating in a course to teach the spoken Moroccan Jewish language.”

Read: Morocco aid to Palestine in Egypt on its way to Gaza

Recently, Moroccan Ambassador to Egypt Ahmed Tazi arrived in the Gaza Strip with a Moroccan humanitarian aid convoy made up of 165 doctors and technicians from the Moroccan field hospital, which is set to be established in Gaza.

In March, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita started his official visit to the Palestinian territories – the first visit by a senior Moroccan official to occupied Jerusalem – by visiting Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Moroccan Minister, whose country is heading the Al-Quds Committee affiliated to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, formerly the Organisation of Islamic Conference, toured the mosque courtyards and visited the Dome of the Rock along with a number of officials.

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