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Morocco: demonstration against the normalization of ties with Israel


A hundred people chanted slogans against the rapprochement between Morocco and Israel, criticizing its ambassador David Govrin and Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita.

Israel’s Kan public radio reported on Monday that a Foreign Ministry delegation had been dispatched to Rabat, following accusations of sexual abuse against David Govrin.

An Israeli diplomatic source confirmed toAFP that Mr. Govrin had been recalled for the duration of an investigation, without specifying the nature.

According to Israeli media, the diplomat faces charges of exploiting Moroccan women, sexual harassment and indecent assault.

Today we are in front of the parliament to protest against the hideous acts allegedly committed by David Govrin, said Amine Abdelhamid, a pro-Palestinian activist opposed to normalizing ties between Morocco and Israel.

Morocco’s dignity is not for sale, normalization must stop, did he declare. Protesters burned an Israeli flag at the end of the demonstration.

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Ongoing investigation

Mr. Govrin, 59, served as Israel’s representative in Cairo before being appointed ambassador to Rabat last year.

Contacted byAFP this week, the Israeli Foreign Ministry did not comment on the investigation.

There are also allegations of embezzlement and the apparent disappearance of a gift from the Moroccan monarch to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day.

Mr. Govrin is currently in Israel and is participating in the ongoing investigation, an Israeli diplomatic source said. The Moroccan authorities have not commented on this case.

Washington recognizes Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara

Rabat severed ties with Israel in 2000 following the outbreak of the second Palestinian intifada, but in 2020 Morocco followed the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in formalizing its ties with Israel.

The US-backed deal saw Washington recognize Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

But the case falls to the worst, at a time when this normalization is accompanied by an increasingly regular flow of exchanges and all-out visits between the two countries.

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Thus, the number two of the Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR), General Belkhir El Farouk, is expected next week in Tel Aviv for an international military conference.

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