Washington hails Morocco's "significant progress"

Morocco is one of the countries that have made “significant progress” in the area of ​​religious freedoms, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday.

Speaking at the release of the State Department’s International Religious Freedoms Report 2021, Antony Blinken said, “This year’s report includes several countries where we are seeing notable progress, thanks to the work of governments , civil society organizations and citizens”.

“For example, last year the Kingdom of Morocco launched an initiative to renovate Jewish heritage sites, such as synagogues and cemeteries, and to include Jewish history in Moroccan public school curricula,” noted the head of American diplomacy.

Indeed, according to the report, it hails the leadership of King Mohammed VI who has “continued to support the restoration of synagogues and Jewish cemeteries throughout the country, efforts declared necessary to preserve the country’s religious and cultural heritage and serve as a symbol of tolerance. “.

The document recalls that on December 14, the King presented an initiative to renovate Jewish heritage sites, including hundreds of synagogues, cemeteries and other sites in several cities.

In this regard, the US diplomacy report cites the Israeli publication Israel Hayom wrote that the Jewish cemetery in Fez, which includes 13,000 graves, was included in the initiative, and that the Sovereign had decided to restore the original names of some Jewish neighborhoods in the country.

Similarly, the State Department continues, the Moroccan government has promoted the teaching of Jewish culture and heritage in public universities.

In October, adds the same source, the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research announced a reform of the public school curriculum to include heritage and history. Jews in Arabic and French, from the fourth year of primary school.

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