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US and Morocco sign MOU on combating anti-Semitism

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The agreement came a month after Morocco agreed to normalize ties with Israel, joining the U.S.-brokered Abraham Accords that includes the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.

The United States and Morocco have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU)  to combat all forms of anti-Semitism.

The MOU was signed by Elan Carr, who leads the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, and El Mehdi Boudra, president of the Morocco-based Association Mimouna.

Founded in 2007, Association Mimouna is an organization that seeks to preserve and promote the Moroccan Jewish heritage and raise awareness about the role of Jews throughout the history of Morocco.

The Memorandum of Understanding states the United States and Morocco “intend to work together to share and promote best practices for combating all forms of anti-Semitism, including anti-Zionism and the delegitimization of the State of Israel” and “for combating other kinds of intolerance and hatred, including Islamophobia.”

The agreement came a month after Morocco agreed to normalize ties with Israel, joining the U.S.-brokered Abraham Accords that currently includes the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.

The agreement “reinforces the deep and longstanding partnership between our two countries in the fight against all forms of intolerance and the promotion of peace and mutual coexistence,” said Morocco’s ambassador to the United States, Princess Lalla Joumala, in a statement. “It is an unwavering engagement spearheaded by His Majesty King Mohammed VI who leads by example and upholds the proud heritage of tolerance perpetuated by His Forefathers.”

The MOU was similar to the one signed in October by the United States and Bahrain—one month after Israel, Bahrain and the UAE signed the Abraham Accords at the White House.

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