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Germany: Hamburg officially recognizes Muslim holidays

Rabat- Hamburg, Germany, officially recognized Muslim holidays on Tuesday. In an unprecedented move in Germany, the decision will allow all Muslim students and employees to take a holiday during their religious ceremonies. Muslim students and school staff will benefit from three days off in the year; however, they have to catch up and make up the missed sessions. This new decision was introduced by an agree ...

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Is Morocco a Model in the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries?

Tunis - Four victims of the Hyper Kosher tragedy made their Aliyah (immigration) to Israel “after death.” Their migration is being seen around the world as a symbolic call for massive Aliyah to the country. Today, Jewish cemeteries have fallen prey to desecrators in France and many other countries. If the dead, who are already buried, had the opportunity to make Aliyah, which country would they choose? They ...

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My Letter to the World: How Islamophobia Killed My Parents

Ifrane - My name is Kenza, and I was born in Belgium in 1983. Morocco is the country that witnessed the birth of my ancestors. Today, I am proud to say that I am Belgian of Moroccan descent from the region of Rif, Muslim but above all a human being infused by several cultures and experiences in the world. All this has made me what I am today. I grew up in Brussels in a loving family. I was educated accordin ...

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Terrorism Threatens Tunisia From Outside

Tunis - The events surrounding the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Kosher attacks, which have shaken the whole world, have also had repercussions on Tunisia. The country counts six victims in these tragedies, five men and one woman.  All Tunes The victims, who are all “Tunes” (Tunisian Jew), were shot in Paris during two successive events: the first attack on the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015 and ...

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Jewish Family Calls on King Mohammed VI to Bring them Back to Their Home

Rabat - Few days after travelling to Israel, the Jewish family who was evicted from the house where hey had lived for 50 years, call on King Mohammed VI to bring them back to their home. Moroccan-Jewish rabbi, Shalom Abdelhak, who immigrated to Israel with his wife, Messody Wizman, (both in their eighties), following their eviction from an apartment where they had lived for 46 years, said that he wants his ...

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I can’t feel completely Jewish as long as there is no Palestinian state: Azoulay

Rabat - Andre Azoulay, advisor of King Mohammed VI of Morocco said in an interview that has been posted on the internet that he supports the establishment of a Palestinian state side by side with Israel. In a video posted on Facebook on Monday, eminent Moroccan Jew who is also the chairman of Anna Lindh foundation, said that he can’t feel completely Jew as long as there is no Palestinian state. Post by Le j ...

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Muslims Aren’t Safe Anywhere

By Koos Mohammed London - As the ‘war on terror’ rages on, Europe and America are becoming increasingly hostile habitats for the Muslim communities. The latest in a wave of Islamaphobic violence has claimed the lives of three young students in the United States. The three victims, 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his 21-year-old wife, Yusor Mohammad, and her 19-year-old sister, Razan Mohammad, were executed ...

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Imams forced to dance in the street in religiously repressed Xianjang

By Kristina Fried Rabat - In the Muslim majority district of Xinjiang on Monday, imams were forced by the Chinese state to dance in the street holding banners that read “our income comes from the CKP not from Allah,” according to World Bulletin.  The imams were also made to swear an oath that they would not teach religion to children on the grounds that prayer "is unhealthy and harmful to the soul." Teacher ...

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France: Muslim Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Fighting With a Jew

Rabat - Muslims in France are guilty of everything until proven otherwise. At least that’s what the facts on the ground are suggesting nowadays. Since the attacks on the Paris offices of satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo last month, the Muslim community in France has endured persecution, judgment and discrimination, and sometimes for the silliest of reasons. An Al Jazeera network correspondent was app ...

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German Artist Rolls Prayer Rugs in Square against Islamophobia

Taroudant - In response to the growing anti-Islamic movement led by Pegida "European Patriots against the Islamization of the West" in Germany, renowned artist Kurt Fleckenstein rolled on Monday evening 175 prayer rugs in Dresden Neumarkt to express support for Muslims. The artist bought on the internet 175 prayer mats for $ 8.47 for each piece and rolled them on the scene of Pegida Dresden rally to symboli ...

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France Former Premier Wants to Modify 1905 French Law to Integrate Muslims

Rabat - François Fillon, the former Prime Minister of France, is reportedly willing to review the 1905 French law on the separation of church and state in order to “successfully integrate” the Muslim community in France. In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and given the recent increase in anti-Islamic acts in France, the question of the practicality of “Laïcité” (In English, secularity), the back ...

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Interior Minister Convinces Moroccan-Jewish Family not to Emigrate to Israel

Rabat - The Moroccan-Jewish couple who wanted to immigrate to Israel following their eviction from an apartment where they had lived for 46 years, have reportedly cancelled their plans to leave the country after receiving a call from the Interior Ministry, Mohammed Hassad, promising them to open an investigation on the subject. The Moroccan-Jewish Family, a man (rabbi) named Shalom Abdelhak and his wife Mes ...

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