Morocco: Demonstration against the normalization of ties with Israel

Morocco&nbsp ;: demonstration against the normalization of ties with Israel

A group of protesters in Rabat protested against the normalization of relations between Morocco and Israel.

Dozens of pro-Palestinian demonstrators protested outside the Moroccan parliament on Friday against the normalization of ties between the kingdom and Israel, after the Jewish state recalled its ambassador to Rabat as part of an investigation, authorities found. AFP correspondents.

A hundred people chanted slogans against the rapprochement between Morocco and Israel, criticizing its ambassador David Govrin and Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita.

Israeli public radio Kan reported on Monday that a Foreign Ministry delegation had been dispatched to Rabat, following accusations of sexual abuse against David Govrin.

An Israeli diplomatic source confirmed to AFP that Mr. Govrin had been recalled pending an investigation, without specifying the nature.

According to Israeli media, the diplomat faces charges of exploiting Moroccan women, sexual harassment and indecent assault.

Today we are in front of the parliament to protest against the hideous acts allegedly committed by David Govrin, said Amine Abdelhamid, a pro-Palestinian activist opposed to the normalization of ties between Morocco and Israel.

Morocco's dignity is not for sale, normalization must stop, he said. Protesters burned an Israeli flag at the end of the demonstration.

Mr. Govrin, 59, served as Israel's representative in Cairo before being named ambassador to Rabat last year.

Contacted by the #x27;AFP this week, the Israeli Foreign Ministry did not comment on the investigation.

There are also allegations of embezzlement and the apparent disappearance of a gift from the Moroccan monarch to celebrate Israel's Independence Day .

Mr. Govrin is currently in Israel and assisting in the ongoing investigation, an Israeli diplomatic source said. Moroccan authorities have not commented on this case.

Rabat severed ties with Israel in 2000 following the outbreak of the second Palestinian intifada, but in 2020 Morocco followed the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in formalizing its ties with Israel.

The US-backed deal saw Washington recognize Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

But the case fell to the worst, at a time when this normalization was accompanied by an increasingly regular flow of exchanges and all-out visits between the two countries.

Thus, the number two of the Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR), General Belkhir El Farouk, is expected next week in Tel Aviv for an international military conference.

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