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September 12, 2016 3:55 am

Moroccan Newspaper Publishes ‘Blacklist’ of Artists Who Speak to Israelis

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Thousands gather at a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Morocco. Photo: MEMRI/ Screenshot.

Thousands gather at a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Morocco. Photo: MEMRI/ Screenshot.

Noon Presse, a Moroccan news site (ranked #19 in that country among all websites), just published what it calls a blacklist of Moroccan performers and artists who have “normalized” encounters with Israel.

Among the seven artists named are:

Jamel Debbouze, an actor and director who visited Israel in 2013, and even put on a yarmulke when visiting the Kotel.

Karima Skalli, a singer who, according to the article, was interviewed on Israeli radio for an hour (even though she later claimed that she didn’t know who she was speaking to).

Nabil Ayouch, a producer and screenwriter whose mother is Jewish.

Chico Bouchikhi, a musician whose brother was killed by the Mossad in a case of mistaken identity. Even so, Bouchikhi said that he would perform in Israel if it would help peace (and apparently, he has.)

Some of the other artists named made documentaries about and in Israel.

Many of these stars are quite popular, and for the most part their pro-Israel activities aren’t even mentioned on their Facebook pages — so the chances are that most Moroccans really aren’t bothered by this.

But it still sends a disturbing message.

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  • Cultural exchange builds bridges. This type of blacklisting is typical of the cultural boycott campaign against Israel and is appalling.

  • Linda

    I visited this country in the early 69s and except for being arrested by some moron on the train who thought we had no passports, (we had), but left them in our hotel safe, it was gorgeous.

  • Hassan II of Morocco stated unambiguously that Muslims will NEVER integrate any foreign culture or country!!!

  • Lia

    Well, if one is filled with hatred but does not have an actual target, one can always construct a target.