Rabat - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of the growing threat of anti-Semitism, during a "Righteous among the Nations" awards ceremony on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Rabat – US President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of the growing threat of anti-Semitism, during a “Righteous among the Nations” awards ceremony on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The President called for solidarity among all faiths, declaring “any attack on any faith is an attack on all our faiths.”
“Here, tonight, we must confront the reality that around the world, anti-Semitism is on the rise. We cannot deny it,” Obama said during his speech at the Israeli embassy.
“When swastikas appear on college campuses…we must not be silent,” Obama said, adding that “as president I will make sure the US is leading the fight against anti-Semitism.”
The US president mentioned Morocco’s conference on “The rights of religious minorities in Islamic lands,” which has just been held in Marrakech.
“In Morocco, leaders from Muslim-majority countries around the world just held a summit on protecting religious minorities, including Jews and Christians,” Obama said.
In a message addressed to the Marrakech conference, the king of Morocco, Mohammed VI, reminded the participants of the Islamic teachings, which “recommended that Jews and Christians were to be treated well, and that no monk, rabbi or person found praying in a place of worship could be killed in a time of war.”
“As Commander of the Faithful and defender of the faith, I am committed to protecting the rights of Muslims and non-Muslims alike,” the king said, highlighting examples of his ancestors in respecting and protecting non-Muslims, mainly Jews.
“My grandfather, His Late Majesty King Mohammed V, protected Moroccan Jews against the tyranny of the pro-Nazi Vichy regime,” he added.