Demonstrators 'execute' fake ultra-Orthodox Jews at pro-Palestinian protest in Morocco

The people supposed to be dressed as haredi Jews (but more like Abraham Lincoln) are shown smashing an al-Aksa mosque model before being pretend-stabbed and shot.

By JTA
October 26, 2015 14:24
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Demonstrators 'execute' fake ultra-Orthodox Jews at pro-Palestinian protest in Morocco

Demonstrators 'execute' fake ultra-Orthodox Jews at pro-Palestinian protest in Morocco

 
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A pro-Palestinian demonstration in the Moroccan city of Casablanca featured men dressed as Orthodox Jews who were being led at gunpoint by masked men wearing keffiyehs.

The demonstration was held Sunday with permission from local police, according to a report which appeared Sunday on the news website alyaexpress-news.com. It also featured a video of the event, which drew many thousands of participants.

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In the video, two men wearing keffiyehs, or Arab headdresses that are popular with Palestinian rioters and militants, are seen toting what appear to be toy rifles behind two bearded men wearing black robes and top hats during a march that also featured Palestinian flags, including a very large one carried by dozens of people, and a model of al-Aksa mosque located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Expressions of anti-Semitism are relatively rare in Morocco, whose king and government have invested millions of dollars in recent years in restoring Jewish heritage sites. In February, the restoration project was honored at an event in Paris attended by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

Some 250,000 Moroccan Jews left Morocco in the 19 years that followed Israel’s establishment in 1948. A few dozen Jews were killed in at least three pogroms that occurred between 1938 and 1954, according to Shmuel Trigano, a lecturer of political sociology at Paris X University Nanterre. Several thousand Jews remain in the kingdom.

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