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Building New Communities Through Good Food and Laughter

By Irina Tsukerman New York - The latest meeting in a series of dinners between young Jewish and Moroccan professionals in New York City was held on Saturday, April 9, at a Persian-themed kosher restaurant called “Colbeh,” graciously hosted by the restaurant’s Moroccan-Jewish owner, Simon Lahlou, and his family. We had a big private room and our appetizers, desserts, and mint teas were complimentary- quite ...

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Report: Hate Crimes Against Muslims in France Increased by 223% in 2015

Rabat - Hate crimes against Muslims in France more than doubled from 2014 to 2015, according to a new report by the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH). The governmental agency’s annual report measures France’s progress in its ideological war against racism, antisemitism and xenophobia by reviewing figures from the country’s ministry of the interior on criminal acts. The latest edition, ...

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Top L.A. County Sheriff’s Official Under Fire for Emails Mocking Muslims

Taroudante - A top Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department official is under fire after his forwarded emails with racist jokes and anti-Muslim statements while at his previous job with the Burbank police went public. According to city records reported by the Los Angeles Times, Tom Angel, who serves as chief of staff to Sheriff Jim McDonnell, forwarded the messages when he worked in Burbank in 2012 and 2013. ...

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Germany: New Law Causes Sharp Drop in North African Asylum-Seekers

Rabat - German media reports on Monday indicated that asylum-seekers from North Africa headed for the western European country drastically declined in the first quarter of 2016. A total of 3,356 North Africans arrived in January, but by March the figure saw a sevenfold decrease to 480 migrants, a quarterly report by the German Office of Migration and Refugees (BAMF) showed. BAMF sent the report to German la ...

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USFP Criticizes Government for Disenfranchising Moroccans Living Abroad

Rabat - On Wednesday, the French branch of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) accused the Moroccan government of disenfranchising citizens living abroad before the October 7th elections in a new set of proposed amendments to the country’s electoral laws. Abdelilah Benkirane has previously committed to developing initiatives to facilitate the inclusion of expatriate Moroccans in the political syste ...

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USA: Muslim Man Removed From Airplane For Speaking Arabic

Taroudante - A college student originally from Iraq was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight in California earlier this month after another passenger panicked when she heard him speaking Arabic. Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a 26-year-old student at the University of California, Berkeley, said that the incident started when he was speaking in Arabic with his uncle before flying back home to Oakland. The Iraqi ...

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Dutch Football Analyst Blames Failure of Dutch Football Clubs on Moroccans

Rabat - 67-year-old Dutch football analyst, Johan Derksen, claimed on Monday’s Dutch sport program, “Voetbal Inside,” that the failure of many Dutch football clubs is due to the high percentage of players with a Moroccan background. He claimed that many Moroccans in the Netherlands do not have the right “competition mentality” “I will probably be perceived as a racist, but that doesn’t bother me,” Derksen s ...

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Canada: Project ‘Roots’ to Help Moroccan Families in Difficulty

Taroudant - An organisation based in the predominantly French-speaking city of Montreal launched a project on April 8th to provide help and support for families of Moroccan origins who are facing difficulties in Quebec. According to the organizers, the project, called "Roots", aims to support and empower families of Moroccan origin experiencing difficulties in their host society, “... given the various prob ...

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Film Director Calls on Moroccan Jews in Israel to Return to Morocco

Rabat - In an interview with the Israeli channel i24, French-Moroccan director Kamal Ashkar said his new film, called “Return of the Native: Jerusalem-Tinghir,” will document Moroccan Jews in Israel returning to their ancestral homeland in North Africa and aim to invite other Moroccans living in the Jewish state to follow suit. The director’s second film is set to be released later this year. “We, the Musli ...

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Court Denies Dutch Politician Geert Wilders Three Requests in Hate Speech Case Against Him

Rabat - A trial court in The Netherlands denied three requests made by lawyers representing the far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders during the recent second hearing of a current case lodged against him that alleges he initiated and encouraged hate speech against Moroccans in 2014. The Dutch Moroccan Alliance (SMN) lodged a law suit against Wilders after he asked those in attendance of a political meeti ...

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Europe Creaks Beneath the Weight of Death

By Erkia Jarif Amsterdam - These days, the news in the Netherlands, and in all of Europe, is dominated by either the deep refugee crisis, or it is about Muslim terrorists. It doesn't matter which news source I watch or read, the two issues are always the same. A terribly worrying aspect concerning both issues is that the European politicians, and the EU itself, are not able to unite and work together as a u ...

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Five-Year-Old Muslim Boy’s Story Demonstrates How Children Suffer Due to Islamophobia

By Rachid Moukhabir Boston - Today, I would like to share with you the true story of a five-year-old Muslim boy named Mohamed. One day Mohamed came home from school angry, eager to tell his father what happened in class. “My friend John told me that he hates Muslims,” Mohamed said. His father was shocked but initially pretended not to hear his son. Still, Mohamed continued, telling his father, “That means h ...

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