Lalla Joumala Alaoui: The late H.M. Mohammed V protected 250,000 Moroccan Jews by declining to comply with the “racial laws” of the pro-Nazi Vichy regime.

A commemorative photo from when outgoing President Donald Trump received Lalla Joumala as Morocco’s new Ambassador to Washington. Photo courtesy: MAP

Morocco’s unique story with its Jewish community was highlighted Thursday at a conference in Washington, marked by the participation of several American and foreign personalities. On the occasion of this virtual event organized by the U.S. Congress and the Sephardic Heritage International DC (SHIN) association, on the sidelines of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, H.M. the King’s ambassador to the United States, Lalla Joumala Alaoui, recalled the role of the Kingdom in the protection of Jewish communities throughout its history and the importance of the Hebrew tributary in the Moroccan identity.

“Morocco has a unique history with the Jewish people,”…


‘’Honoring millions of souls’’

Morocco is the special guest of Colombia at a seminar on the Holocaust. During this tele-meeting, the millenary tradition of coexistence in the Kingdom of Morocco was highlighted.

Her Excellency the Ambassador of Morocco in Colombia, during the seminar. Photo: MAP

The millennia-old tradition of harmonious and peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Jews, which is an integral part of Morocco’s collective memory, was highlighted Wednesday evening at a meeting on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.

Speaking at the virtual seminar, to which Morocco was a special guest and marked by the participation of the Colombian Foreign Minister, Claudia Blum, Morocco’s ambassador to…


Two iconic PR figures teamed up to merge their expertise

Brand & Image (Morocco) and Kam Global Strategies (Israel) announced last Monday the signing of the first partnership in press relations and public relations (PR) between the two countries.

Mrs. Rajaa Charifi on the left and Mrs. Laura Kam on the right

In a bid to enhance the opportunities offered by the resumption of diplomatic and economic relations between Israel and Morocco, the Agency Brand & Image and Kam Global Strategies have decided to seal their know-how in terms of PR.

With their proven expertise in media, diplomatic, institutional and political communication consulting, both agencies will henceforth be able to leverage their glorious history in favor of businessmen and public or private institutions…


Keeping the blessing memory of the “Judería de Sevilla” alive is a way to honor the 4000 Jewish souls who perished due to the massacre of 1391.

La judería de Sevilla nowadays. Photo courtesy of Lajuderiadesevilla.com

“La judería de Sevilla” was a Jewish ghetto in Seville in which Jews lived from the reconquest of Seville, by Ferdinand III of Castile, until their forced exile under the Edict of Granada, issued by the Catholic Monarchs. Nowadays, it includes the neighborhoods of San Bartolomé and Santa Cruz.

What if we went backtrack a tad? The city of Seville was conquered in 1248 by the king Fernando III of Castile. …


“The Jews of Cordoba also settled in other parts of the city”

Located in the heart of Cordoba, a famous Jewish quarter is, since 1994, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Photo courtesy of la Junta de Andalucía

As soon as you enter this historic neighborhood, the typical Islamic pattern jumps out, thanks to two central cross streets leading to a labyrinth of alleys that end in dead ends. The Almodovar Gate takes you to the Mosque — Cathedral and the current Episcopal See. And yet, we are truly in a Jewish neighborhood. We are in the core of the Jewry of Cordoba.

Once you have walked along Rey Heredia Street, the Jewish streets Albucasis, Juda Levi and Maimónides plunge…


“Morocco’s Jewish heritage is in good hands”

Reestablishing relations between Morocco and Israel can only be beneficial for both countries. Such optimistic words are from Paul Dahan, an iconic symbol of the preservation of Belgium’s Jewish heritage.

© Paul Dahan, a messenger of Moroccan Jewish heritage

Speaking to the Moroccan press, Paul Dahan, psychoanalyst and president of the Center for Jewish-Moroccan Culture in Belgium said that the official resumption of contacts that will promote mutual enrichment.

This native of Fez, whose parents are from Rissani, considers that beyond the media and political uproar that this restoration of relations creates, there is a continuity and evidence of regaining this physical attachment to the Moroccan territory, because the…


The President of the Jewish Museum of Belgium welcomes the resumption of Israeli-Moroccan relations, which he describes as wholesome and unifying.

The first commercial flight between Israel and Morocco. Photo courtesy of MAP.

Rebuilding relations between Israel and Morocco under the aegis of the United States is a positive step in the service of peace and harmony between the two sides, Philippe Blondin, President of the Jewish Museum of Belgium, stated on Thursday.

“ It is a great pleasure for me to learn this good news which makes us all happy in the gloom of the end of the year,” P. Blondin said in a speech to the MAP.

He highlighted the centuries-long ties between Moroccan Jews, as well as their common history and culture.

He referred in this context to the heroic…


April Benayoum, Miss Provence, last week’s Anti-Semitic remarks victim: the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office opens an investigation

April Benayoum. Photo courtesy of Antoine TOMASELLI.

Following her claim that her father was of Israeli origin, the first runner-up in the Miss France 2021 contest was the target of multiple anti-Semitic tweets. The Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation this Monday, December 21.

Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an inquiry for “racist slurs and incitement to racial hatred”. The investigation came in response on Saturday, December 19.

These Tweets sparked the wrath of several prominent politicians, including Marlene Schiappa as well as Carole Delga, the President of the Occitanie region, who expressed her support for her while stating that “more means must be deployed…


When the area of residence had very few followers

In Russia, during the tsarist period, the intellectual Jewish struggle was organized in the face of growing state anti-Semitism.

Marc Chagall Synagogue (1917)

As a multi-ethnic country, Russia has always been the home of literary creativity, enriched by the works of Jewish authors writing in Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew or English, especially during the imperial period, i.e. from 1721, when Peter I founded the Rossiskaïa imperia, until 1917.

Under the reign of Empress Catherine II, imperial Russia expanded from 1791 with the annexation of territories such as Poland, Lithuania and the Principality of Moldavia, which then had “the largest concentration of Jews in the world”…


A stand against oblivion

Located in the middle of retro-chic Cairo, the Shaar Hashamayim Synagogue (the Gate of Heaven, in Hebrew) attracts attention, takes the breath away, and delights the eye. Heart-like, majestic and charismatic as far as the eye can see. That is the least that can be said of this century-old monument.

Shar Hashamayim. Adly St. by Houda Belabd

Shaar Hashamayim, the largest of all the Sephardic Jewish synagogues in Cairo, is located at number 17 Adly Pasha Street, formerly known as Madabegh Street. Built in 1905, its plans were drawn by Maurice Youssef Cattaoui and Edwark Matasek. …

Houda BELABD

Columnist at the Times of Israel, journalist at Le Petit Journal de New York, aspiring writer & Researcher in Judeo-Andalusian cultural heritage.

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