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July 25, 2012 11:21 am

Morocco’s Ruling Political Party Apologizes For Inviting Jew to Conference

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Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane (left) with Jewish peace activist Ofer Bronchtein at the PJD's July 2012 Congress. Photo: Daily Caller.

Morocco’s leading political party has apologized for inviting a Jewish man to a gathering of its leaders.

At a July congress meeting of Moroccan Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) leaders, the politburo chief of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal and Jewish activist, Ofer Bronchtein, were both invited to attend.

Morocco’s PJD held their 7th Congress in mid-July to deliberate on the party’s future, but for the first time in history, the gathering took place as PJD holds a majority in Morocco’s parliament, making them the country’s leading political group.

After the July conference, PJD supporters demanded an apology from the party for inviting Bronchtein, who founded the International Forum for Peace, located in Paris, due to his Jewish roots.

According to David Martosko at the Daily Caller, who first reported on this story, once Moroccan newspapers began to circulate a picture of Bronchtein with PJD leader and Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, an “uproar” over Bronchtein’s attendance began.

The Jewish activist was an adviser to former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and according to Tunisian media, Bronchtein met with Hamas leader Meshaal during his time in Morocco.

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  • Saidi

    The King and the political party march to a different drummer. The King has a very good relationship with the Jewish community in Morocco and abroad.

  • Kamal

    Woow woow! that is so wrong and misleading!
    it’s not because he’s a Jew! it’s because he used to be an Israeli government official during the Rabin administration… and that in the eyes of a lot of Moroccans is an normalization with the state of Israel. We all know that all Arab league member states (Except Egypt and Jordan) are required to not have any relations with Israel until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved.

    For your information, we have a very old Jewish community here in Morocco, they are fully Moroccan citizens and have the same rights and obligations as Muslims Moroccans. Even the Minister of tourism (Serge BERDUGO) in the current “Islamist” government is Jewish!
    Not to mention that the current’s king’s top adviser Andre Azoulay is also jewish!

    Your article is giving false presumption that we are an antisemitic nation. i hope you will make the necessary changes and corrections…

    • MBenFaivol

      It is unfortunate if Kamal is right in his perception of the PJD because it means that those Jews who advocate for his/its vision of an Israeli-Palestinian peace are useful but only for one time in their life. i.e. they are dixie cups to be utilized once and then thrown away. Congratulations Kamal and PJD; so much for love between man and your fellow man, or any real acceptance of mankind as brothers and sisters. But I guess Islam and the Arab League dogma is precient. Frankly, I prefer to hold the PJD to be a more purist organization, and a token Jew in a cabinet ministry doesn’t prove Kamal right.

  • Chaya

    It doesn’t matter that he’s a left-wing Progressive, peace activist. He’s a Jew.

  • Clearly there is no difference between the PJD party and the Nazi party. Then again there is no difference between Islam and National Socialism…as Churchill stated….

    • Janet

      Agree with Richard Sherman ^^ sadly