Light at the end of the tunnel for historic Mellah

By Anthea Gerrie, July 9, 2015

"They never said goodbye!" Assam complained wistfully of his Jewish neighbours of many years as he hammered a leaded glass lantern together for us in Marrakesh's Place des Ferblantiers.

This square, packed with artisans, is the entrance to the city's old Jewish quarter, known as the Mellah. It is about to undergo a massive £13 million government refurbishment.


Dutch Jewish groups angry over Geert Wilders' Morocco comments

April 30, 2014

Dutch Jewish groups have spoken out against Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-immigration Party for Freedom, after he told supporters that he would reduce the number of Moroccans in the country, the JTA has reported.

Mr Wilders asked his supporters at a post-election celebration in March whether they wanted “fewer or more Moroccans”.


Moroccans party in mint condition

By Simon Rocker, December 9, 2013

The mint tea was flying from the bar. Crispy Moroccan doughnuts — sfenj — were being dipped in sugar. And in a corner of the room at the Porat Yosef Moroccan synagogue in Hendon stood an Arabic tent with cushions, lanterns and synthetic palms, set up by Harif, the Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa.


On an Atlantic isle, Morocco honours its lost Sephardim

By Bernard Josephs, May 17, 2013

It was an unlikely setting for a Jewish cemetery and the group, there to attend a rededication ceremony, was also out of the ordinary.

Among those gathered at the event in Cape Verde, an archipelago of islands 300 miles off the coast of Senegal, were high ranking Americans, Europeans and Moroccans, including a representative of King Mohammed VI, a major benefactor of the project.


Federation to promote Moroccan Jewry in the UK

By Sandy Rashty, December 18, 2012

A new organisation to promote the presence of Moroccan Jewry in the UK was established earlier this month.

The World Federation of Moroccan Jewry’s (WFMJ) official launch was attended by more than 200 people at the refurbished Sephardi Porat Yosef Synagogue in Hendon.


Story of Muslim Shoah heroes is finally told

By Andrew Rosemarine, March 22, 2012

A French film that premiered in London this week, Les Hommes Libres, depicts the heroic stand of a gentile against Nazi mass-murderers.

It may come as a surprise but, in this case, the hero is a Muslim.


In Morocco, Islamist and Jew have embraced

By Andrew Rosemarine, February 2, 2012

Serge Berdugo, the ebullient Secretary-General of Moroccan Jewry, is upbeat as the first-ever Islamist-headed government takes office in Morocco. A former minister of tourism - a crucial sector of the economy here - and a lawyer, he well understands all that is at stake.

"We have to adjust to the new constitutional and political realities," he tells me.


Jew loses out to Islamists in Morocco poll

By Andrew Rosemarine, December 1, 2011

Magui Kakon, probably the only Jewish woman to have ever contested a parliamentary election in an Arab country, stood for Morocco's Party of the Social Centre this week.

Despite failing to win a parliamentary seat, Ms Kakon won 80,000 votes, up by 50,000 on her 2007 election campaign, and she remains upbeat.


Marrakesh bomber sentenced to death

By Andrew Rosemarine, October 31, 2011

A Moroccan court has sentenced a jihadist to death, a fellow conspirator to life-imprisonment, and seven others to lesser punishments for the murder of 17 people including JC writer Peter Moss and a Moroccan Israeli couple, at the Argana Restaurant in Jma al Fnaa, in Marrakesh, on April 28 2011. Twenty others were injured. Al Qaida in North Africa claimed responsibility at the time.


Trial of Morocco bomb suspects set to open

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

The trial of the nine men suspected of carrying out the fatal bomb attack in a Marrakesh café in April is to open later this week.

The blast, in a popular tourist spot in the old quarter of the Moroccan city, left 17 people dead including British Jew Peter Moss.

Mr Moss, a well-known travel writer and a long-time JC contributor, was 59 and had two children.