Moroccan Islamists denounce Israeli business visit

Published September 28th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Islamist party denounced a visit by Israeli businessmen to Morocco, citing the stalemate over Jerusalem in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. 

The Al-Adl Wa Attanmya (Justice and Development) party said in a statement that it "firmly opposes any attempt to normalize relations" with Israel, which it described as "the Zionist enemy". 

 

The investors' visit comes "at a time when Israel continues to confiscate Palestinian land and Judaize the holy city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem)," the party said. 

 

Jerusalem is sacred to Muslims, Christians and Jews. Al-Aqsa mosque is considered the third-holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. 

 

The Moroccan authorities did not identify the visitors or their business - the Islamist party said they were agricultural experts. 

 

The party, which has 14 seats in the Moroccan House of Representatives (lower chamber of Parliament), urged the Moroccan government to cancel such visits and called on the country's political parties and non-government organizations to "to use all legal means to foil the planned objectives of the visit." 

 

A Moroccan association that supports Palestinians joined the Islamist party's call and said that the visit "is a new stab in the back of the Palestinian people." 

The non-governmental organization, which includes lawyers, university professors and physicians, urged the Moroccan people "to show more vigilance and to struggle against all forms of normalization with the Zionist entity." 

 

Morocco is among the few Arab states that have diplomatic relations with Israel. However, unlike Egypt and Jordan, which exchange ambassadors with Israel, Morocco only exchanges liaison offices. 

 

According to independent sources in Rabat, Moroccan economic contacts with Israel are commonplace. Israeli experts visit Morocco on a regular basis to provide expertise to help develop the country's economy. –(Albawaba-MEBG) 

 

 

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