Rabat - A recent solidarity march with Palestine in Casablanca has sparked controversy, for featuring fake ‘Orthodox Jews’ being pretend-stabbed and shot by masked men wearing Keffiyehs (Arab headdresses popular with Palestinian rioters and militants).
Rabat – A recent solidarity march with Palestine in Casablanca has sparked controversy, for featuring fake ‘Orthodox Jews’ being pretend-stabbed and shot by masked men wearing Keffiyehs (Arab headdresses popular with Palestinian rioters and militants).
The demonstration was held Sunday and was authorized by the local police. Demonstrators wearing smocks bespattered in red paint, or the colors of the Palestinian flag chanted, “Death to Israel,” and “We will sacrifice our soul and our blood to you, Al-Aqsa,” in reference to the holy site in Jerusalem.
A video of the event posted on the internet, shows two men dressed in Orthodox Jew garb being led by West Bank Palestinian activists in black-and-white kaffiyehs, holding toy assault rifles behind a miniature float of the Dome of the Rock.
The two “Orthodox” men in the video are seen rounded up, fake-stabbed and “executed.”
The viral video has sparked controversy on social media in Morocco, with several social media activists labeling the scene as inciting hatred against Judaism rather than Zionism.
The alleged move has prompted activists to launch a petition to condemn the move. According to a report by Medias24, the petition stressed that “everyone has the right to protest for his/her cause, but no one has the right to incite religious hatred.”
On the other hand, organizers of the march told Medias24 that the march was meant to be a protest against Israel’s crimes, not an incitement of hatred against Jews.
Morocco is home to an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 Jews who practice their religion freely. Unfortunately, a recent report by the US Department of State said that anti-Semitism is rising in the Kingdom.
Although the small minority of Jews living in Morocco is considered as being Moroccan and do not suffer any form of persecution, the Israeli- Palestinian conflict has had an impact on the way some Moroccan Muslims view their fellow Moroccan Jews, which has caused increased anti-Semitism, according to the US department of state.