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Western Sahara: Moroccan shame at UN human rights council


King Mohammed VI Appoints Omar Hilal Morocco’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York

By: Malainin lakhal

The UN has over the past decades appeared to pursue a just solution to the crisis in Western Sahara, Africa’s last colony still illegally occupied by Morocco. But it now emerges that Moroccan diplomacy at the world body has employed corruption to push its agenda against Western Sahara.

The machinations undertaken by Moroccan diplomacy continue to be unveiled by the Moroccan hacker, who uses the pseudonym “Chris Coleman24” on his Twitter account. Through this account, details of the shameful strategies and conspiracies of Moroccan diplomats in New York and Geneva have been revealed. The information exposed by the mysterious hacker on the Moroccan actions within the office of Navi Pillay, the immediate former High Commissioner for Human Rights, disclose an unprecedented scandal. Navi served as head of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) between 2008 and 2014.

Documents recently uploaded on the hacker’s Twitter account show that the Moroccan Mission to Geneva, led by its Ambassador Mr. Omar Hilale, has for long employed dishonorable methods to influence some high officials of the UN Human Rights Council against the interests of Western Sahara, Africa’s last colony still occupied by Morocco.

We learn thus that the Moroccan ambassador had infiltrated the entourage of the former High Commissioner, Navi Pillay, and could manipulate all her actions and positions concerning the case of human rights violations in Western Sahara.


The Moroccan ambassador did not hesitate to financially support Pillay and the members of her office to dissuade her from adopting any action that may go against the wishes of Morocco. Therefore Ms. Pillay seemed to be “very sensitive” to the wishes or orders of her generous Moroccan friends.

“I would like to remind of the imperative need to transfer the amount of $250,000 under the title of Morocco’s contribution to the budget of the OHCHR for 2011, which the High Commissioner had twice expressed the wish to receive (my faxes). This transfer will help make Pillay more attentive to our concerns about the content of the contribution of her office in the next report of the UN Secretary General on the Sahara,” Omar Hilale wrote in one of the diplomatic cables sent to his minister in January 2012.

The Moroccan ambassador did not hesitate to use financial means as a way to stop Navi Pillay from paying much attention to the repeated requests by her representative in New York, Evan Simonovic, and even by Christopher Ross. The two diplomats had tried in vain to convince her to visit Western Sahara.


The Moroccan mission did not only use money, paid in the form of donations to the Council. The Moroccan Ambassador reveals in his messages to his superiors that he had succeeded to recruit “very good friends” within the staff of Mrs Pillay. The two main “friends” of Morocco are the Swedish Anders Kompass, Director of Field Operations, and the Senegalese, Bacre Waly Ndiaye, Director of Special Procedures. According to Omar Hilale, the two men are more than just “friends”. They showed limitless zeal to serve the Moroccan plans and manipulations within the Human Rights Council against any attempt or opportunities to improve human rights in Western Sahara

“Thanks to the strategy followed by this Mission [Moroccan’s] to lock the entourage of Pillay, all the high officials of the High Commissioner in Geneva abide by the Moroccan concerns. However, the weakness of Ms. Pillay in front of Simonovic is the Achilles heel of our strategy,” Hilale reports.

Worse, in other cables from the Moroccan ambassador, we find out how he managed to obtain crucial information from his informants, Kompass and Ndiaye, two pawns who do not hesitate to bring their Moroccan friend secret information at his own embassy. For example, they provided him with crucial information about a meeting between Christopher Ross and Navanethem Pillay, the Secretary General’s Personal Envoy to Western Sahara having apparently been trying to convince the High Commissioner to visit the occupied territory. Another example, revealed by the cables was about the conspirers’ meeting devoted to discuss the visit that the Saharawi President, Mohamed Abdelaziz, was about to undertake to the Human Rights Council in May 2013 to meet Navanethem Pillay. In both cases, the ambassador and his two friends maneuvered together to limit the impact of these two visits and influenced Pillay so as not to react positively to her two guests’ requests. The two pawns even suggested to their Moroccan friend ideas and arguments to use to convince Pillay.


The documents also reveal how the “friends” of Morocco in the Human Rights Council managed to neutralize all honest officials, who tried to honorably do their duty, such as the Tunisian Frej Fennish, Head of the Middle East and North Africa Section in the OHCHR. The latter was considered by Omar Hilale as an enemy to the interests of Morocco. The Tunisian has apparently suffered from a secret campaign led by the Moroccan Embassy and its “friends” to discredit him before Pillay and therefore neutralize him.

Kompass and Ndiaye also used their authority to advise and act within the Council to discredit the Polisario and impede any possibility of support to the expansion of the mandate of MINURSO – the UN peacekeeping mission – to contain the protection of human rights.

Therefore, the two pawns – and other officials who were not cited by Hilale in his messages- influenced Navanethem Pillay in all her decisions following direct instructions from the Moroccan Embassy.

They acted, for example, to dissuade Pillay from undertaking a visit to Western Sahara in 2014. They ensured that the contribution of OHCHR to the report of the UN Secretary General on Western Sahara was fully in favour of Morocco. They lobbied to prevent Pilay from giving any “concessions” to the President of the Saharawi Republic, Mohamed Abdelaziz, during their meeting in Geneva on May 23, 2013. Kompass further insisted on Pillay to send a technical mission to Western Sahara in May 2014 under his lead so as not to allow the Representative of the Office in New York, Evan Simonovic, to lead this mission he had been calling for many times before, simply because Simonovic is considered by Morocco to be unfriendly.


These dangerous and compromising disclosures that undermine the reputation of the former High Commissioner and the two officials mentioned in this article corroborate, once again, the dishonorable and mafia-like methods used by the representatives of “his majesty” worldwide. Methods established on the corruption of some officials of the international bodies.

The case of the Senegalese, Bacre Waly Ndiaye, Director of the Special Procedures in the OHCHR, is revealing. He confessed to his friend Hilale his resolved allegiance to Morocco, considering himself a fervent “believer and follower of the Tijania Sufi brotherhood”. In fact, he admitted to Hilale his “dream” to go to Fez because: “he could not make the pilgrimage for 20 years.” It was a mere formality for the Moroccan ambassador, who immediately requested his Department of Foreign Affairs to send a formal invitation to Mr. Bacre Waly Ndiaye to fulfill the fervent believer’s dream.

Despite of the financial scandals and corruption that have come to light thanks to these leaked documents (Morocco has not denied their authenticity), the Sahrawi people continue suffering systematic violations of their basic rights. How many Sahrawi victims will continue enduring the worst violations committed by Morocco because of the corruption and lack of integrity within the UN bodies, which are supposed to ensure the respect of human rights in the world? What is worse is that those responsible for these shameful plotting will go unpunished as usual.

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Morocco: Abuse of Sub-Saharan Migrants

Ill-Treatment Persists in Moroccan, Spanish Border Operations Despite Rabat’s Reforms
  • Nador, Morocco, November 2012 – A migrant from Mali lying down in a cave used as shelter. In the forests and mountains that surround Nador, groups of Sub-Saharan African migrants survive and wait for the right moment to attempt to cross the border between Morocco and the city of Melilla, a Spanish enclave on Morocco’s north coast.

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Morocco should make clear to its security forces that migrants have rights. Morocco needs to call a halt to beatings and other abuse of migrants.
Bill Frelick, refugee program director

Moroccan security forces commonly beat, otherwise abuse, and sometimes steal from sub-Saharan migrants in the northeastern part of the country, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. These abuses persist despite some improvements in the treatment of migrants since the government announced a new migration and asylum policy in September 2013. Since that time, the practice of summarily expelling migrants at the border with Algeria appears to have stopped.

The 79-page report, “Abused and Expelled: Ill-Treatment of Sub-Saharan African Migrants in Morocco,” found that these abuses occurred as the security forces took custody of sub-Saharan migrants who had tried unsuccessfully to reach the Spanish enclave of Melilla, or – prior to September 2013 – as they were rounding up migrants without any semblance of due process to expel them to Algeria. However, research in late January and early February 2014 in Oujda, Nador, and Rabat indicates that Moroccan security forces are still using violence against migrants expelled from Melilla.

Morocco should make clear to its security forces that migrants have rights,” said Bill Frelick, refugee program director at Human Rights Watch. “Morocco needs to call a halt to beatings and other abuse of migrants.”

Spanish security forces also use excessive force when they summarily expel migrants from Melilla, Human Rights Watch found. Spain should stop all summary returns to Morocco at the Melilla border, and suspend forcible returns to Morocco of migrants reaching Melilla until Morocco demonstrates that they are no longer at risk of beatings and other abuses upon their return and that their rights are protected.

Morocco’s new migration and asylum policy is based on recommendations by the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) and endorsed by King Mohammed VI. The reforms include granting legal residency to migrants whom the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has determined to be refugees. Once processed by the newly reactivated National Office for Refugees and Stateless Persons, the refugees obtain resident cards that give them the right to work and receive certain social services.

Morocco has also put into place an “exceptional” regularization procedure through 2014 to allow undocumented migrants who meet certain criteria to apply for a one-year renewable residency. It is unclear how many of the 25,000 sub-Saharan migrants estimated to be in Morocco will meet the criteria. A brief informal survey indicated that few of those living in makeshift camps in Nador and Oujda would qualify.

The government told Human Rights Watch that it is also drafting new laws on asylum, human trafficking, and migration.

The Human Rights Watch report is based on interviews with 67 sub-Saharan migrants in and around the cities of Oujda and Nador in November and December 2012. Human Rights Watch also interviewed officials, international agencies, and nongovernmental organizations and included in the report the government’s responses to written questions. In January and February 2014 Human Rights Watch interviewed an additional 14 migrants in Nador, Oujda, and Rabat.

Sub-Saharan African migrants leave their countries because of poverty; family and social problems; political upheaval and civil conflict; and, in some cases, fear of persecution. Many in northeast Morocco aim to reach Europe. Many of the migrants interviewed for this report lived in makeshift shelters outside of larger cities, surviving on meager resources, and in constant fear of police raids.

In December 2011, according to reports by nongovernmental organizations, Moroccan authorities stepped up the practice of raiding unofficial migrant camps in forested areas outside of Oujda and Nador. Gendarmes and Moroccan Auxiliary Forces destroyed migrants’ shelters and sometimes stole their valuables during these raids, migrants told Human Rights Watch. The security forces arrested male migrants, bused them to the Algerian border, and ordered them to keep walking, bypassing the administrative and judicial due process requirements for deportations under international and national law.

“Nicolas,” 39, from Cameroon, described being shoved toward Algeria as security forces yelled “Yallah! [Let’s go!].” “They treated me really badly, they kicked me so much that I am peeing blood as a result,” he said. Names of migrants interviewed were changed for their protection.

Interviews Human Rights Watch conducted in northeast Morocco in January 2014 with migrants and nongovernmental organizations working locally said that the summary expulsions to the border with Algeria had ceased and that police raids on migrants living in and around Oujda had eased since October 2013. However, police are still conducting raids in the Nador area. Migrants described raids that occurred as recently as January 29, 2014, when police destroyed makeshift migrant encampments and arrested and beat people trying to reach Melilla. Authorities rounding up migrants in Nador in recent months bused them to Rabat and other coastal cities, rather than to the Algerian border, as previously, migrants and nongovernmental groups told Human Rights Watch.

In relation to the expulsions documented in the report, the Moroccan government told Human Rights Watch that it did not expel people but rather carried out lawful “returns to the border.” However, the Moroccan-Algerian border remains formally closed, and migrants told Human Rights Watch that Moroccan security officers took them to isolated locations and used force or the threat of force to coerce them to walk toward Algeria.

Expelled migrants who encountered Algerian security forces faced additional abuses. Migrants said that some Algerian border authorities forced them back into Morocco, sometimes violently, after robbing them of their valuables.

Each expelled migrant interviewed who had managed to return to Oujda or Nador described expulsions that ignored basic due process requirements.

Article 23 of Morocco’s immigration law provides for the right to request a lawyer or an interpreter prior to expulsion. Article 22 of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, to which Morocco is a party, provides for an expulsion decision in writing and the opportunity to challenge that decision.

While noting positive features of Morocco’s new migration policy, Human Rights Watch remains concerned by new reports of police violence against migrants near the border with Melilla. The Moroccan government should ensure, as part of its reforms, that the security forces refrain from using excessive force toward migrants and respect the due process rights of every migrant they take into custody.

The Spanish government should stop summarily returning migrants who enter Melilla to Morocco. Spanish law requires security and border forces to follow deportation procedures in removing migrants who enter Spain illegally. These returns also violate international and European Union (EU) law, which prohibit countries from forcibly returning anyone to a place where they would face a real risk of being subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment. Spanish authorities should also ensure diligent investigations of allegations of excessive use of force by its own forces and exert pressure on Morocco to end the use of unwarranted force against migrants.

Human Rights Watch examined the treatment of migrants in Morocco in relation to the EU’s avowed goal of controlling its borders through the help of third countries neighboring the EU. Morocco and the EU have embraced a joint policy of preventing undocumented migration toward the EU, through financial cooperation, for example. Human Rights Watch urged the EU to ensure that it does not provide support for any programs or Moroccan forces that violate the rights of migrants as guaranteed by international human rights law.

“Morocco has apparently stopped dumping migrants at the Algerian border, but that’s not enough,” Frelick said. “Morocco needs firm procedures to make sure that the migrants’ due process rights are respected and to allow them to apply for asylum.”

For details about the January 2014 interviews, please see below. 

Additional information from 2014 interviews 
Two Human Rights Watch researchers conducted  individual interviews with nine migrants in Gourougou, Nador and five in Rabat. All of those interviewed were men – ten from Cameroon, two from Mali, and two from Gabon. Names of the migrants were changed for their protection.

In interviews with Human Rights Watch in Nador on January 29 and 30, and in Rabat on February 3, migrants said that security forces still frequently carry out raids on their camps in Gourougou, the forested mountain outside of Nador, overlooking Melilla, during which they destroy and burn migrants’ property and makeshift shelters.

Nador is a jumping-off point for many migrants trying to reach Melilla, either by inflatable boat or by climbing the fences surrounding it in large groups, sometimes several hundred migrants at once. Migrants who managed to enter Melilla said that Spain’s Guardia Civil summarily removed most of them and handed them over to Moroccan border patrols at the border. They said Moroccan authorities frequently beat the border crossers, including children, who were in their effective custody, and not resisting or attempting to flee.

At the Melilla border
Human Rights Watch interviewed five migrants in Rabat, who said that during an attempt to scale the Melilla perimeter fence in the early hours of February 2, the Spanish Guardia Civil and the Moroccan Auxiliary Forces employed excessive force against them.

Joseph, 31, from Cameroon, who limped and had a swollen eye, said:

We went toward the fence to go into Melilla and we tried to get in. A few of us managed to enter Melilla but theGuardia Civil stopped us. They hit us with clubs. They hit us very hard for 5 to 10 minutes. They handcuffed us [with plastic restraints], and then they opened the gate in the fence and handed us over to the [Moroccan] Auxiliary Forces.

The Auxiliary Forces hit us with clubs. While they hit us, they also searched us. They stole 250 dirhams [US$30] from me along with my mobile phone. They made us lie face down on the ground, still handcuffed. We stayed on the ground for an hour while they hit us. They hit me on the eye with a stick. They only stopped hitting us when more senior officers came.

Martin, 22, from Cameroon, said:

We arrived to the fence and sirens started wailing… I could see my friends who were inside [Melilla]. TheGuardia Civil hit my friends with big sticks. Not police clubs, but sticks. They hit you until you faint… I retreated back to the Moroccan side. When I came back down, they [Moroccan Auxiliary Forces] hit me. They handcuffed me, and then made me lie down on the ground, face down. They searched me and stole my money, my phone, and even my shoes.

William, 24, from Cameroon, said:

In the night of December 24 [2013], there were 15 of us advancing toward the fence. As we were coming toward the fence, the Alit [Moroccan Auxiliary Forces] saw us and started throwing rocks and sticks at us. Nine Alits grabbed us; they took me to a hidden corner and hit me and other migrants there for 30 to 40 minutes, and then they took us to the commissariat. I was able to go to the hospital instead. I got medical attention for my injuries and came back the next day to Gourougou, with the help of NGOs [nongovernmental organizations].

Ahmed, 22, from Cameroon, was also part of this group:

We were all intercepted and arrested at the first fence. My feet were bleeding from the barbed wire and the auxiliary forces arrested me. They attached my hands behind my back with a cord and beat me everywhere on my body with batons. Some of them were jumping on my back to force me to lie on my stomach. At 8 a.m. they drove us to the police station in Nador. They didn’t ask us to provide any documents. They only asked us, as always, our names and nationality. They refused to take me to the hospital although I was bleeding. In the evening, they drove us in a bus to the bus station of Rabat.

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Morocco, the new go-to place for I$raHell fugitives


Rabbi Eliezer Berland participates in a mass prayer session at the Western Wall, Jerusalem, Jan. 25, 2012 (photo credit: Uri Lenz/Flash90)

Several dozen Israelis with mafia ties, who have invested more than $20 million in North African kingdom’s economy, could threaten the well-being of country’s Jews


Surrounded by dozens of adoring followers at his grandson’s wedding this summer, Eliezer Berland looked like any other Hasidic rabbi marking a family celebration. But Berland is not like most rabbis.

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The founder of the Shuvu Bonim religious seminary in Israel, Berland, 76, fled to Morocco earlier this year after being accused of sexual assault by two young women, both wives of his followers. Last month he fled again, to Zimbabwe, after his residency permit expired and Moroccan authorities declined to extend it.

Berland, a charismatic figure from the Breslov sect, drew dozens of followers to Morocco during his seven-month sojourn there — including his grandson, who chose to celebrate his wedding in Marrakech in the rabbi’s presence. Dozens moved there to be with him, and hundreds more showed up on holidays.

The traffic has helped focus attention on the presence of dozens of Israeli fugitives who have fled to this North African kingdom in recent years, prompting fears for the well-being of Morocco’s 4,000 Jews, who have traditionally maintained a low profile in a country ruled by a moderate monarch locked in a quiet power struggle with an Islamist-led parliament.

“Berland was the last straw; he really had to go,” said Sam Ben Chetrit, president of the World Federation of Moroccan Jewry. “Morocco’s emergence as the go-to place for the Israeli mafia is very bad for Muslim-Jewish relations there, and many Moroccan Jews know it. The last thing we need is a suspected sex offender.”

Israeli police estimate that Morocco is home to several dozen Israelis with mafia ties who have invested more than $20 million in the Moroccan economy. Among those who have settled permanently or temporarily in Morocco are Meir Abergil, a convicted extortionist and leader of the Abergil crime family; suspected drug smuggler Moshe Elgrably; and Shalom Domrani, who Israeli police believe was the dominant figure in organized crime in southern Israel.

Meir Abergil, in court in Jerusalem, 2010 (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)
Meir Abergil, in court in Jerusalem, 2010 (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)

In Israel, Domrani and Abergil were rivals involved in bloody score-settling, according to Amir Zohar, the crime reporter for Israel’s Globes financial daily. But in Morocco, Zohar said the two coexist peacefully.

“With the right papers, they can get a Moroccan passport if they stay for a few months in Morocco,” Ben Chetrit said.

Berland has a long history of associating with criminals. According to Zvi Mark, a scholar of Hasidic movements at Bar-Ilan University, many of Berland’s early followers were secular Israelis with criminal records and violent histories.

Several Moroccan sources told JTA that Berland was helped in Marrakech by Gabi Ben Harosh, a former money launderer and organized crime figure who avoided prison in Los Angeles by turning state’s witness. Ben Harosh and Berland were often seen praying together in Morocco. According to some accounts, Ben Harosh helped Berland organize his trip to Zimbabwe.

Some Moroccan Jews are supportive of Berland. Jacky Kadoch, president of the Marrakech Jewish community, called the rabbi a genius and said the case against him is flimsy. But others have been more reluctant to roll out the red carpet.

“I get a very bad feeling when I hear of the arrival of a rabbi suspected of sex offenses and criminals linked to killings,” Maguy Kakon, a Moroccan Jewish businesswoman from Casablanca and the leader of a small centrist political party, told Israel’s Channel 2 news. “Jews were never suspected of murder or rape here. We are well respected. I won’t let them destroy that.”

Contacted by JTA, Kakon flatly denied making the statement before breaking off communication. But Shimon Ifergan, an investigative journalist for Channel 2, insists she made it during a 30-minute telephone conversation in July. Last year, before Berland’s arrival, Kakon was quoted by Globes as saying that Jews are well regarded in Morocco and she hopes “no Israeli criminals shame us and destroy that reputation.”

Another Moroccan Jew who spoke to JTA on condition of anonymity had similar concerns about the presence of Israelis fleeing legal troubles.

“The criminals here cast a negative light on the Jews and undermine years of intercommunal work,” the man said. “They are drawing negative and dangerous attention.”

The attention has spilled onto the front pages of major Moroccan media. The Ya Biladi daily ran a front-page article recently calling Berland a pedophile. Last year, Les Temps magazine published a front-page expose about Israeli criminals in Morocco, noting that their presence justifies a boycott of Israel.

Another Moroccan Jew speaking on condition of anonymity said the attention has also helped create popular support for two bills submitted to parliament this summer that propose to outlaw all contact with Israelis. The bills are supported by the ruling Islamist Justice and Development party.

Ben Chetrit, Kadoch and others say the bills have little chance of passing because King Mohammed VI will block them. The king has generally been solicitous of Morocco’s Jewish community, undertaking a massive renovation of more than 100 synagogues and supporting an addition to the constitution recognizing the contribution of “Hebraic influences” to Moroccan culture, an unusual gesture in the Arab Middle East.

But the measures are supported by a majority in parliament and if they do pass, Moroccan Jews stand to lose a lot.

Morocco is arguably the Arab world’s most open nation to Israel and annually receives an estimated 45,000 Israeli tourists. Many of them go on Jewish heritage tours run by members of the local Jewish community.

“This Berland guy, I don’t know if he’s guilty,” a local community member told JTA. “I only know he could not have come at a worst time for us. And I think that’s the reason he is no longer here.”

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تساءلت: كم اسرائيليا يزور المغرب شهريا.. وكم شركة اسرائيلية في المملكة اسرائيلية تصف الحكومة المغربية بـ’المنافقة’ عقب منعها من المشاركة بمهرجان الرقص الشرقي بمراكش

Posted By: Siba Bizri

Arabic Shoah  Editor in Chief

الرباط ـ ‘القدس العربي’ من محمود معروف: وصفت راقصة اسرائيلية الحكومة المغربية بـ’المنافقة’ لمنعها مهرجانا للرقص الشرقي ‘ديلي دانس’ كانت ستنظمه بمدينة مراكش في منتصف ايار (مايو) القادم بعد تصاعد الاحتجاجات ضد المهرجان واعتباره نشاطا للتطبيع مع الدولة العبرية، فيما وصفالناشط المغربي خالد السفياني القرار بـ’الشجاع’ والمنسجم مع ارادة الشعب المغربي.

واتهمت الراقصة سيمونا كيزمان الحكومة المغربية بالنفاق وقالت ان قرار الحكومة منع مهرجان الرقص الشرقي قرار جبان وتساءلت ‘هل تعلمون كم إسرائيليا يزور المغرب كل شهر؟: المئات..، وكم مقاولة وشركة ينشئها إسرائيليون داخل المغرب؟: الكثير..، فلماذا لم توقفوها؟، فقط أردتم إيقاف مهرجان صغير يقام مرة واحدة كل سنة’.

ونقل موقع هسبريس عن سيمونا كيزمان أن الحكومة المغربية منعت تنظيم الدورة الثانية من مهرجان الرقص الشرقي الذي كان مقررا تنظيمه في مراكشوقررت نقل مهرجانها إلى اليونان قبل أيام قليلة، وذلك حتى قبل القرار الذي اتخذته الحكومة.

واعادت كيزمان قرار نقل المهرجان الى اليونان الى انها لا تضمن السلامة الشخصية للمشاركين في الدورة الثانية للمهرجان حيث تلقت تهديدات تستهدف حياتها على موقع فيسبوك، كما أن موقع المهرجان على الانترنت تمت قرصنته، وكُتبت عليه عبارات تفيد بأنها ستذهب إلى المغرب في تابوت الموتى.
واضافت انها لا تريد للمشاركين في مهرجان الرقص الشرقي بمراكش أن يروا ‘الأشياء القبيحة’ التي تسببت فيها المجموعات الإسلامية بالمغرب منمهاجمة المهرجان، والضغط على الحكومة من أجل إلغائه.

وشكل مهرجان الرقص الشرقي الذي تنظمه سيمونا كيزمان تحديا للناشطين المغاربة المناهضين للتطبيع مع الدولة العبرية والذي جاء في سياق موجة من النشاطات المغربية السياسية والاعلامية والفنية مع اسرائيل في وقت يقود الحكومة حزب العدالة والتنمية ذو المرجعية الاسلامية الذي يساهم بشكل فعالفي النشاطات المناهضة للتطبيع وتحتل شخصيات بارزة في قيادته مواقع متقدمة في الهيئات والجمعيات المناهضة للتطبيع. 

ونددت هيئات شبابية، منها منظمة التجديد الطلابي التابعة لحزب العدالة والتنمية (الحزب الرئيسي بالحكومة) والمبادرة الطلابية ضد التطبيع، وائتلاف مغاربة الانتفاضة الفلسطينية بتنظيم الدورة الثانية للمهرجان الدولي للرقص الشرقي على أرض مراكش يوسف ابن تاشفين، لكونه يستضيف الراقصيْنالصهيونييْن ‘إوي هاسكال’ و’سيمونا كيزمان’.

ودعت الهيئات الغاضبة من استضافة راقصين إسرائيليين في المهرجان إلى تنظيم وقفة شعبية احتجاجية أمام الفندق الذي يستقبل المشاركين في مهرجان الرقص كما ذُيل البيان بعبارة تخاطب الراقصيْن الإسرائيلييْن بالقول: ‘مرحبا بكما في المغرب.. لكن على جثثنا’.

وتساءلت الراقصة سيمونا كيزمان إن كانت دوافع رفض المغرب القبول بالمهرجان تكمن فقط في كونه يستضيف إسرائيليين وقالت ‘هل سبق لأحد أن تحقق من جنسيتي؟، فأنا مواطنة تركية.. وهناك من رمى الكرة بالقول إنني إسرائيلية، فصار الموضوع مثل كرة الثلج التي تكبر يوما بعد يوم’.
وقالت ان مهرجانها في مراكش كان مصدرا اقتصاديا للمغرب وتوجهت للحكومة المغربية قائلة ‘لماذا لم تفكروا في الربح الذي سيعود على الشعب المغربي من وراء مثل هذا المهرجان؟، الكثيرون يشتغلون في مراكش في الفنادق ووكالات السفر، وقطاع النقل، والمرشدون السياحيون، والمحلاتالتجارية..الخ’.

واضافت بأن المغرب خسر الكرم والضيافة اللتين اشتهر بهما بين دول العالم، وأنها تشعر بالحزن لكونها ترى عدم جدوى التغييرات التي يتحدث عنهاالجميع بكونها حصلت في المغرب.

ووصف خالد السفياني منسق مجموعة العمل الوطنية لمساندة العراق وفلسطين قرار منع مهرجان مراكش بـ’القرار الشجاع’ الذي ينسجم وارادة الشعبالمغربي الرافض لكل اشكال التطبيع مع الكيان الصهيوني والصهاينة وتمنى ان تليه قرارات اخرى بالنسبة لكافة المبادرات التطبيعية. 

وطالبت الجمعية المغربية لمساندة الكفاح الفلسطيني ومجموعة العمل الوطنية لمساندة العراق وفلسطين في مذكرة الى عبد الاله بن كيران رئيس الحكومة المغربية باصدار قرار الى كافة المؤسسات الرسمية وشبه الرسمية بمنع أي نشاط تطبيعي مع الدولة العبرية واصدار قانون بتجريم أي نشاط تطبيعي.
وقال عبد الله بها وزير الدولة (نائب رئيس الحكومة) الجمعة ان ‘التطبيع لا يحتاج إلى تجريم لأنه أصلا ممنوع، والمشكل على مستوى التطبيع لا نعاني منه على مستوى الإطار بل من حيث الممارسة وبالتالي فالمعول عليه هو اليقظة المدنية والحكومية للوقوف أمام الممارسات التطبيعية والوقاية منها قبلوقوعها’.

وقال خالد السفياني لـ’القدس العربي’ انه يكفي الاطلاع على تصريحات الصهيونية سيمونا كيزمان التي تهربت من جنسيتها وانتمائها الحقيقي للكيانالصهيوني للكشف عما ‘يضمره الصهاينة من شر للمغرب والمغاربة وهم يحاولون النفاذ بمخططات تطبيعية لارض بلادنا’.

وحول وصف كيزمان للحكومة المغربية بالنفاق والجبن قال السفياني ‘ان هذه السيدة غير المحترمة اعطت لنفسها حق القذف للحكومة المغربية وللشعبالمغربي واختياراته وفيما يصبو اليه من حرية وكرامة’.

واضاف ‘ان النفاق والجبن الحقيقيين هو ما يمارسه المطبعون الصهاينة الذين يحاولون بكل الوسائل بما فيها اموال الشعب المغربي خدمة الكيان الصهيوني ومخططاته’.

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الزمزمي افتى بالاباحة للمرأة المتزوجة باستعمال ادوات لتفادي الوقوع في الخطيئة نواب مغاربة يقررون مساءلة وزير الاوقاف عقب فتاوى اعتبرت ‘مهينة’ للمرأة

الرباط ـ ‘القدس العربي’ من محمود معروف: ساءل فريق برلماني مغربي وزير الاوقاف حول فتاوى اصدرها رجال دين تبيح للمرأة استعمال ادوات، في حال غياب الزوج درءا للخطيئة.
وقال الفريق الاشتراكي بمجلس النواب، انه قرر مساءلة وزير الأوقاف والشؤون الإسلامية التوفيق في ما لاحظه الفريق من ‘انتشار وعلى نطاق واسع، في وسائل الإعلام بمختلف دعائمها، فتاوى تحلل وتحرم وتبيح وتمنع ما تشاء، صادرة عن أشخاص يزعمون بأنهم من المرجعيات الدينية في البلاد’.
وجاء في السؤال الموجه للتوفيق، والموقع من طرف أربعة نواب من الفريق، هم رشيدة بنمسعود، حسن طارق، أحمد المهدي مزواري، ورئيس الفريق أحمد الزايدي ‘وإذا كان أقل ما يقال عن هذه الفتاوى بأنها ضد العقلانية كمكون للاجتهاد المالكي، وأنها مبتذلة، فإن تناولها وتشجيعها لممارسات رديئة، والدفع بالتالي بشرائح اجتماعية وبجزء من الرأي العام إلى الاهتمام بأشباه قضايا أو بقضايا مغلوطة، وعبر وسائل إعلام مؤطرة بقانون، ويحظى بعضها بالدعم العمومي، تدفعنا في الفريق الاشتراكي إلى التساؤل عما إذا كان من الممكن الاستمرار في التساهل مع مثل هذه الفتاوى’.
وافتى عبد الباري الزمزمي رئيس الجمعية المغربية للدراسات والبحوث في فقه النوازل بالاباحة للمرأة المتزوجة، أو التي يغيب عنها زوجها لمدة طويلة باستعمال ادوات، لتفادي الوقوع في الخطيئة، كما افتى بوقف سابق بجواز مضاجعة الرجل لزوجته المتوفية.
وقال الزمزمي ‘ان عــددا من النسوة اتصلن به وأكدن له أنهن أهن جراء هذه الفتوى’، قبل أن يقول ‘أعتذر للنساء اللائي شعرن بالإهانة من خلال فتواه’.
ونقلت صحيفة ‘الخبر’ المغربية عن الزمزمي أنه يتعمد إصدار مثل هذه الفتاوى وغيرها من المواضيع التي لها علاقة بالجنس من أجل ‘التصدي لخصوم الدين الذين يوجدون بالمغرب وخارجه’.
ويقصد الزمزمي بخصوم الدين ‘أولئك المكبوتين الذين يفتون بالإباحة الجنسية وبالشذوذ الجنسي، ففي كل مرة أقرأ مقالا لأحدهم يبيح ممارسة الزنا، وغيرها من أمور التي تعتبر شاذة في ديننا، لهذا لا أتردد في التطرق لمثل هذه المواضيع’.
وشغلت سلسلة فتاوى صدرت مؤخرا مختلف وسائل الاعلام المغربية وذهب بعضها الى تعمد الزمزمي بمثل هذه الفتاوى لاشغال المغاربة عن القضايا الاساسية.
وقال النواب الاشتراكيون ‘إن آخر هذه الخرجات المسماة فتاوى تلك الصادرة عن شخص يلبس ذاته صفة ‘المرجعية’ المالكية، ويجمع بين الممارستين الدينية والسياسية، والتي يشجع فيها على ممارسات جنسية شاذة، ليس من شأنها الإضرار بالجانب الأخلاقي للمجتمع فقط، ولكن أيضا بصحة الأشخاص وخاصة الشابات والشبان من أفراد المجتمع وعلى الخصوص منهم من هم في طور المراهقة’

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Censure qatarie : Al Jazeera annule une émission sur le M20F


“So Al-Jazeera decided not to air the documentary on Morocco and the 20th of February Movement (nuqta sakhina), which they had been promoting for more than a week. Why not? Again? (In November the same thing happened (back then the al-Jazeera crew was forbidden to go to Tanger and the al-Hoceima area: two centers of the Moroccan uprising).

Pro-Zionist Moroccan king recently ‘gave’ the CIA agent Qatari emir some 4 5.000 hectares (=450 km²) in the Guelmim area so that the Qatari emir could go hunt there. And also, these two weeks Al-Jazeera has been negotiating a possible return to Morocco with the new minister of information.

So I guess the negotiations are concluded. Perhaps the documentary was just a card in the negotiation-process. This is Gulf-media””


Casablanca.- La chaîne de télévision qatarie Al Jazeera vient d’annuler sans préavis et sans explication la diffusion de l’émission phare « Nokta sakhina »(Point Chaud) qui était dédiée cette semaine au Maroc. Cette émission intitulée « Maroc : Qui va l’emporter, les élections ou la Révolution ? » était consacrée aux mouvements contestataires marocains.

Programmée pour aujourd’hui, elle avait été annoncée en grande pompe pendant toute la semaine.

Si Al Jazeera ne donne pas une réponse plausible à cette annulation, cela prouverait une bonne pour toutes les connivences malsaines entre l’émir du Qatar et son homologue couronné marocain. Surtout depuis que le premier a offert au second des terres communales dans le sud du Maroc.

La révolution ? Selon le pachyderme qui dirige Al Jazeera, elle est bonne pour les républiques autoritaires, mais pas pour les taïfas corrompues et sanguinaires arabes.

Au mois de novembre 2011, des reporters de « Nokta sakhina », qui devaient filmer des activistes du M20F dans le nord du Maroc, s’étaient subitement excusés de ne pouvoir se déplacer jusqu’à Tanger et Al Hoceima, deux hauts lieux de la contestation.

Al Jazeera prépare-t-elle son retour au Maroc ?

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9/11 Suspect Was Detained and Taped in Morocco

Published: August 17, 2010

WASHINGTON — A Yemeni man implicated in the Sept. 11 attacks was secretly detained in Morocco after Central Intelligence Agency operatives took him there in 2002, officials said Tuesday.


Ramzi bin al-Shibh’s interrogation sessions in Morocco were videotaped and given to the C.I.A.

While the man, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, was detained in a prison near Rabat, Moroccan officials videotaped several of his interrogation sessions and gave the recordings to the C.I.A., the American officials said.

The new details about Mr. bin al-Shibh’s detention, first reported Tuesday by The Associated Press, shed light on Morocco’s role as a holding site for suspected members of Al Qaeda captured by the United States.

The existence of the tapes of his interrogations was revealed in 2007 in a filing to a federal judge, although Mr. bin al-Shibh’s name had been redacted from the documents at that time.

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the recordings of Mr. bin al-Shibh, two videotapes and one audiotape, were found in 2007 under a desk at the C.I.A. The 2007 court filing said that the tapes had been found separately.

Mr. bin al-Shibh, who was captured in Pakistan in 2002 by American and Pakistani operatives, has long been said by American officials to have played a central role in the planning of the Sept. 11 attacks. Since September 2006, he has been held at the American military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

The C.I.A. began building a prison in Morocco in 2003, but it is unclear whether any detainees were kept there.

A federal prosecutor is investigating the 2005 destruction of dozens of videotapes of brutal interrogations of two Qaeda detainees. American officials said the tapes of Mr. bin al-Shibh do not depict harsh interrogation techniques.

Paul Gimigliano, a C.I.A. spokesman, declined to provide details about the tapes, but said that the C.I.A. detention program “has been the subject of multiple reviews” and that the agency’s cooperation with the inquiries continues.

One other suspect apprehended in Pakistan in July 2002, Binyam Mohamed, was transported by American intelligence officers to a Morocco prison, where he spent 18 months.

He said he was severely beaten by Moroccan interrogators.



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