20 Moroccan associations engaged in a tree-planting initiative in holy places to commemorate victims of the Casablanca terrorist bombings.
Rabat – On Friday, May 17, a number of associations launched an environmental initiative in Morocco’s economic capital, Casablanca, where young people honored three places of worship of the three monotheistic religions with trees.
Themed “the Olive Tree of Fraternity,” the initiative involved planting three olive trees in the Zaouia Harakia Kadiria mosque in the old medina, the Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes Catholic cathedral, and Neve Shalom Synagogue.
The tree-planting initiative pays tribute to victims of the Casablanca terrorist attack carried out on 16 May 2003. 33 people died that day as a result of a series of suicide bombings.
Bringing together over 10 associations under the label “Tomorrow’s Morocco,” the action went beyond Casablanca, with five other Moroccan cities, Oujda, Fes, Rabat, Essaouira, and Marrakesh. Outside of Morocco, Brussels also pitched in.
The action was meant to symbolize the universal values bonding the three monotheistic faiths whereby people lived hand in hand for centuries in the Moroccan kingdom, while calling for togetherness and co-existence as opposed to terrorism and division.
Jacky Sebag, the Neve Shalom Synagogue rabbi, took the occasion as an opportunity to express his delight, highlighting that this actions reflects the values of fraternity and coexistence between all religions.
Acharif Omar Lamrani Lamrini, president of the Zaouia Harakia Kadiria mosque, also applauded the idea.
Father Germain Goussa stressed that religion brings human together rather than split them apart. He took Morocco as an example to illustrate what he called the “mutual acceptance” between these religions.