'Moderate' Morocco Rumbles

H/T Pamela Geller

Jewish Man Hammered to Death in “moderate” Morocco

Moderate Muslim countries are turning on a dime. Nothing happens for decades …….. then decades happen in a day. Morocco is barreling back centuries.

Morocco: Jewish man murdered

Rabat’s media say Jewish resident of northern city of Fez hammered to death by unknown assailant. Police probe in progress….

Israeli diplomat rescued from “moderate” Morocco: Forced to leave ASAP

It’s open season on Jews in Obama’s post-American world. The rise of the barbarians:

David Saranga claims he never felt threatened inside Rabat parliament building as scores rallied outside in support of Palestinian prisoners; says Tunisian rep at conference ‘stopped smiling when he learned I was Israeli’

WASHINGTON – “I was told to get to the airport as soon as possible and leave Morocco,” veteran Israeli diplomat David Saranga told Ynet Monday, a day after tens of thousands of people held a mass rally in Rabat to protest his presence there.

During the march, demonstrators waved Palestinian flags and chanted “The people want to free al-Aqsa,” and “A million martyrs are going to Jerusalem.” They also burned Israeli flags…

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Islamic opposition party organizes anti-Israel march

“They chanted: ‘We will never forget you Ahmed Yassin,‘ naming an Islamist Palestinian Hamas leader assassinated by the Israelis in 2004.”

And so they support Hamas’ aim of destroying Israel. “Moroccan Islamists flex muscles in Rabat march,” by Souhail Karam for Reuters, March 25:

RABAT (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Moroccans staged a pro-Palestinian march in Rabat on Sunday in a show of force organized by an Islamist group seen as the main opposition to Morocco’s monarchy. A Reuters reporter in the Moroccan capital said at least 40,000 people joined the march called by Al-Adl Wal Ihsan (Justice and Spirituality). A senior police officer put the number at 11,000 while organizers said 100,000 had turned out.

Meanwhile, in equally “moderate” Tunisia:

2 thoughts on “'Moderate' Morocco Rumbles”

  1. Saturday, 31 March 2012
    The Moroccan Jews: Contradictions Galore

    by Norman Berdichevsky (April 2012)

    In 1948, more than 260,000 Jews lived in Morocco, making it the Arab state with the largest Jewish population in the Near and Middle East. It has contributed the largest number of olim (Jewish immigrants to post-1948 Israel) from a Muslim majority country and from many aspects also presented the greatest challenge to the veteran and predominantly Ashkenazi society of the State of Israel (see New English Review “Edot HaMizrah” Israel’s Oriental Jewish Communities; August 2009). more>>>

  2. The Process of the Islamization of Morocco

    By Mustafa Ettoualy

    Morocco World News

    Fez, August 31, 2012

    Since the 1970s Morocco watched as the Arab world witnessed the rise of Islamism. Islamism, or political Islam, is the term used in political sciences for what is more popularly known as Islamic Fundamentalism[1].Islamism refers to Islamic systems of thought and political movements that emerged in the Muslim World during the twentieth century. According to Michael Willis, Islamism is a movement that has Islam as its core ideological base[2].In addition, Willis argues that Islamist Movements are “movements which shared a common belief in the need to transform Muslim states and societies on the basis of a rereading of the sacred texts of Islam.” [3]

    In many cases the Islamist awakening was violent and powerful. For instance, Islamists took power in Iran, assassinated president Saddat of Egypt, organized the resistance in Afghanistan against the Soviet invasion, and caused Algeria as well as Somalia to sink into civil wars. Many Islamist movements were recognized and supported by Western governments. Democratic principles made the local and international systems conscious of the necessity of freeing these Islamist movements and Muslim populations from oppression, underdevelopment and injustice

    In Morocco islamization has had a slow trajectory compared to developments in neighboring Arab states such as in Algeria. The first important developments occurred during the1970s, when the formal Arabization policy led to an influx of teachers from the Middle East who brought new, notably the salafists, ideas with them[4].

    This decade also saw the emergence of the first Moroccan Islamist organizations, among these was notably the hardline and clandestine Chabiba Islamiyya (Islamic Youth). Also Sheikh Yassine–a former follower of the Qadirya Boutchichiya sufi order and the founder of Al-adl-wa-al-Ihsan–made his first public appearance with the publication of a highly critical and controversial public letter to Hassan II, which was to cost him many years in confinement.

    During the 1980s and 1990s, the Islamist influence was considerably strengthened. Whereas adherents of Islamic Youth and Al-adl-wa-al-Ihsan were severely persecuted, the Wahhabi salafi current was officially allowed and encouraged by King Hassan II as a means to counter and weaken the increasing influence of Al-adl-wa-al-Ihsan and the left wing. It was also meant to weaken the future of the movement of Unity and Reform and its political wing[5], the party of Justice and Development MUR /PJD, whose members are all considered as kuffar and “Ministry of Interior’s Agents” and “Band of Spies” by the Wahhabi salafists.

    It seems that the band of spies have lost their balance because of what has been exposed of their affair to the mass of the retroactive divorce that the ministry of Interior has issued on them after they lost their efficiency.[6]

    Only after September 11, 2001 and more so after May 16, 2003 did the Makhzen change its attitude vis-à-vis the salafists. The salafi movement in Morocco can be divided into three different although mutually interconnected schools of thought[7];respectively wataniyya (nationalist), Wahhabiya and jihadiyya salafism. Moroccan adherents to national salafism were inspired by the work of Islamist reformers such as Afghani and Mohamed ‘Abdu,’ and their quest for an Islamic renaissance reconciling modern development with a return to the golden age of Islam and the practices of the first pious companions of the Prophet Muhammad, the salaf al-salih. These ideas have played an important historical role in Morocco, inspiring key figures and the arguments of the independence movement.

    However, according to Jamal Benomar, national salafism does not play an important role in the current religious-political scene in Morocco. Wahhabi salafism has officially been allowed and encouraged so as to be manipulated by the Moroccan Makhzen since the late 1970s. The movement was officially introduced by Taqui Eddine El Hilali. After his death in 1987 the formal representative of Wahhabi salafism in Morocco became Sheikh Mohammed Maghraoui. He founded the Association for the Quran and the Sunna in 1995 and has been successful in setting up a number of Quranic schools inspired by the Wahhabi doctrine. He has however recently come into the public spotlight after producing a controversial fatwa stating that marriage of 9-year old girls was allowed.

    The development in Morocco of the third current, the violent jihadi salafism, dates back to the early 1990s.According to Tozy, this current is best understood as a non-structured cluster of violent jihadi organizations such as al-Takfir wa al-Hijra (‘Excommunication and Exile’); Jamâ’at al-Sirat al-Moustaqîm (‘The True Path’), al Jamâ’a Salafiya (‘the Salafi Community’) and Ahl al-Sunna wa al-Jamâ’a (‘People of the Sunna and of the Community’)[8].

    All in all, most observers agree that the salafi current remains marginal in Morocco, where it draws only limited membership and does not seem likely to play a dominant social and/or political role in the near future. This contrasts with the moderate or non-violent Islamist organizations which are far more important in terms of popularity in Morocco. These are by far dominated by two major currents: the movement of Unity and Reform and its political wing the Party of Justice and Development MUR/PJD and Al-adl-wa-al-Ihsan.

    A few years ago according to Jack Kalpakian, there was also great interest in two other emerging organizations, Harakat al Badil al Hadari (Movement for the Civilizational Alternative) and al Haraka min Ajli al Umma (Movement for the Umma) which both tried to reconcile ideas from the left wing. These ideas particularly centered on the importance of human rights and constitutional change and from Islam. However, the leaders of both of these organizations have been arrested and recently released after accusations of involvement in a Moroccan–Belgian terrorist cell[9].While these accusations remain very controversial and are considered to be politically motivated by many observers, in practice they have left both organizations paralyzed.

    As a result, currently Harakat-Atawhid Wal Islah–the movement of Unity and Reform/MUR– and Al-adl-wa-al-Ihsan–Justice and Charity–remain the dominant Islamist actors in the current Moroccan religious-political landscape.

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