Boston - I am Moroccan Muslim and a part of me is Jewish as every Moroccan Jew is partly Muslim.
Boston – I am Moroccan Muslim and a part of me is Jewish as every Moroccan Jew is partly Muslim.
The Influence of these cultures on each other is one of the aspects that any Moroccan with a minimum of knowledge about the history of his country will tell you about. This thought came to my mind after listening to the interview of Nicole El Grissy upon the release of her book “la renaicendre:”
Nicole El Grissy tells us the relation between the Moroccan Jews and the monarchy, as well as the division caused by the mass exodus of Moroccan Jews following the rumors launched by the Zionists, on the one side and by the Pan-Arabist from the other side.
She particularly emphasizes an interesting and recent phenomenon: through social networks, especially Facebook, the Moroccan Jews and other Moroccans discover again each other and discover that love of each other is always present, the culture of the ones is always present in the culture of other, forming this plural Moroccan identity made up of Moroccan Jews, Moroccan Amazighs, Moroccan coming from Sub-Saharan Africa, Moroccan from Andalusia, etc. It is a so rich and enriching mixture that eventually constituted a single identity and a single Moroccan culture where we find all these influences without making the difference between them.
The awakening of the Jewish identity of Morocco is also in progress thanks to works such as Kamal Hachkar’s excellent documentary “Tinghir-Jerusalem: Echoes from the Mellah”.
I think that it is time to think about a cultural event that celebrates the plurality of Morocco, which will be opportunity to gather Moroccans from here and elsewhere. Meanwhile, I launch the movement “Moroccans united“. If you agree, post the following picture on your Facebook profile, twitter or other social network.
Translated from French by Nahla Landolsi
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