“The Jewish community in Marrakech and its regions is very proud of the work carried out in this project and the royal visit to several historic sites restored as part of the first phase of the project,” said Jacky Kadoch, President of the Marrakech and Essaouira Jewish Community, according to a report by the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
The redevelopment project, which was renamed from “Hay El Mellah” to “Hay Essalam,” according to Kadoch, displays the king’s commitment to the Jewish component of Moroccan identity.
In the video clip above, filmed in Marrakech, the city’s population can be seen greeting and thanking the monarch.
The monarch, states the MAP, on Wednesday visited multiple public areas, such as Sidi Ahmed El Kamel, Lakzadriya, Souikat, Foundouk Moulay Mustapha and Souikat Del Mellah, all of which will be restored under the redevelopment project amounting to 194 million dirhams.
King Mohammed VI has always shown respect for and support to the Jewish community of Morocco. A similar project was carried out in Casablanca, where the Ettedgui Synagogue and the adjacent El Mellah museum were recently inaugurated following their rehabilitation as part of a program aimed at restoring the city’s old medina.