Prohibition of academic ties with Morocco, the new totalitarian drift of the Algerian regime

In a memo distributed to academics, thehe military regime in Algiers forced them to no longer participate in colloquia, conferences or any other academic and scientific event organized in Morocco. This is a new measure of enmity towards the Kingdom, which still finds its source in the Sahara issue.

Algeria continues to block all contact with Morocco. In addition to the political aspect, where the Algiers regime severed its diplomatic relations with the Kingdom last August, this rupture took on other proportions, particularly in trade where bosses and companies were summoned to terminate their contracts with Moroccan companies, or to cease their activities in the country.

Athletes were also banned from participating in competitions taking place in the southern provinces of Morocco, and lawyers who were also to participate in the Mundiavocat, a sports competition between lawyers from several countries, withdrew, under the pretext of participation of Israeli lawyers.

After having broken the gas pipeline contract (GME) linking Algeria to Spain by crossing Morocco and having put pressure on Madrid not to resell Algerian gas to Morocco, the Algerian regime is attacking the scientific and educational aspect .

In correspondence dated July 3, all Algerian university professors and researchers were ordered to suspend their scientific activities with Moroccan establishments.

The directive prohibiting participation in university activities taking place in Morocco, comes directly from the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research

It is aimed at conferences, colloquia as well as collaborations. It thus orders Algerian professors to no longer publish any article or scientific research in Moroccan journals and urges Algerian academics to immediately withdraw from the journals of which they are members.

The ministry justified this new measure by the adhesion of a certain number of Algerian university students to the scientific committee of a Moroccan journal, called Al Bahit (the researcher, editor’s note), which produces articles and research in the legal and judicial domain.

The Algerian regime considered that this review published several articles deemed “hostile to Algeria”, in other words, which defend “Moroccan theses on the question of the Sahara”, referring for example to an article published in the number 12 of last May, which deals with the logical reasons that can motivate the expulsion of the fictitious republic of the polisario from the African Union (AU).

The journal includes a number of Algerian university professors among its scientific committee members, including Dr Majdoubi Nawal, Dr Masoudi Hicham, Dr Abdel Halim Sawi, Dr Hamamda Lamia, Dr Abdelaziz Khanfoussi, Dr Wafi Hajja and Dr Miloud Khairja Dr Jamila Boustaouq, Dr Zerrouki Khadija and Dr Nassira Louni.

The controversial article, which motivated the decision of the Algiers regime, is signed by Professor Hicham Maimouni of Hassan II University in Casablanca. He discusses the danger of the Polisario front, and explains that it is legally possible to exclude the separatist militia from the AU.

He explains in his article how this armed movement, which threatens the security and stability of the region, through the terrorist operations it has carried out against many victims and its relations with armed organizations in the Sahel and the Sahara, is a valid argument to convince African states.

Moreover, he believes that the separatist movement does not have the fundamentals and constituent elements of a State as underlined by the rules of international law.

For Algiers, the presence of Algerian professors within the journal’s scientific committee, and the publication of articles such as that of Professor Maimouni, is a ” maneuver by Morocco aimed at employing Algerians of all kinds in its policy of hostility and propaganda against our country”.

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