Casablanca-“The exodus of Moroccan Jews to Israel was anything but casual,” writes Mohammed Jaabouk from Yabladi.com, based on a research conducted by Israeli historian Yigal Bin-Nun on this controversial event in Moroccan history. To make that happen, Israeli authorities made sure to create a plot that would convince their fellow Jews to leave Morocco.
Israeli historian Yigal Bin-Nun, a professor at Bar-Ilan University, has recently shaken dust off a concealed facet of the mass immigration of Moroccan Jews to Israel. Yesterday’s edition of the daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, based in London, published a summary of the work done by Yigal addressing this chapter in Moroccan history.
Yigal contends openly that the Mossad, the national intelligence agency of Israel, of being behind the whole operation wherein about 160,000 Moroccan Jews left Morocco towards Israel.
Based on professor Yigal’s research, the secret services of Tel Aviv had sent to Morocco, in the early 1960s, a group of officers whose primary mission had been to carry out attacks against well-settled Jews in Morocco in order to terrorize them and subsequently convince them that they were victims of violent persecutions by the Moroccan authorities.
Once that phase of the plan culminated, boarding the terrorized Moroccan Jews onboard a ship heading to occupied Palestine’s port was the next easy step. Mossad’s chief at that time justified the recourse to such sordid acts against his fellow Jews saying, “We are in need of Jewish martyrs.”
Later on, Massad’s plot knew its first failure, as three radical Moroccan Jews, who had collaborated in Israeli’s plan to lure Moroccan Jews out of Morocco, were arrested. According to Yigal Bin-Nun’ account, the three arrested accomplices died under the effect of torture during their interrogation. The Massad seized this opportunity to boost its initial plan to convince Moroccan Jews of Moroccan authorities’ hostility against them. It also exploited that tragedy to compel the late King Hassan II to sign an agreement facilitating Moroccan Jews’ departure.
The following phase of Massad’s plan was a tragedy. Based on Yigal’s own claims, one of the ships that were carrying Moroccan Jews towards Israel was sank purposefully. After 13 successful shipments to Israel, one of them was made to fail by Massad, inducing the death of 44 Moroccan Jews alongside all the Spanish crew members accompanying them.
According to professor Yigal’s research, Israeli authorities, who aspired to engender a shock that would induce a sense of self-guilt in the Moroccan conscience, made sure that the shock comes out of a tragic sacrifice, that of 44 innocent souls. The Massad made sure that the ship made to carry the 44 Moroccan Jews was so sea-unfriendly that it would doubtlessly sink in the middle of its journey.
Finally, the Mossad culminated its hideous plan by publishing a press release attributed to the Jewish community based in Morocco called for its “massive departure.” The plan worked: 160,000 Moroccan Jews eventually left the Kingdom with a dark image of a land that previously was their home.
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