Monday, October 18, 2010
'The ongoing political situation with the Palestinians': that's the reason why the Moroccan king has refused to meet the Israeli head of state, Shimon Peres. Never mind the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara, nor the dispossession of Moroccan Jews. It's Double Standard time again where Israel is concerned.
From Channel NewsAsia:
JERUSALEM: Israeli President Shimon Peres has cancelled a trip to Morocco after his requests to meet King Mohammed VI were spurned, an Israeli official said on Monday.
The Israeli leader was to have attended a gathering of global figures at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa in Marrakech from October 26 to 28, the official from Peres's office said.
"President Peres decided to turn down the invitation from the Forum after being informed that King Mohammed VI would not meet with him at this time over the ongoing political situation with the Palestinians," she said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"The king let the president know that he is welcome to visit Morocco to participate in the Forum but that he would prefer to meet under other circumstances," she added.
Peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, aimed at reaching an agreement within a year, broke down in late September after temporary Israeli restrictions on Jewish settlement construction in the occupied West Bank expired.
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*This plaintive lament from Arnold in Canada on the Haaretz thread (scroll down) is universally ignored by commenters: With few exceptions they see Morocco as in the right.
"Give me back my home, my businesses, and my money. Moroccan Jews were escorted out of the country with empty suitcases. All the wealth was stripped from them. King of Morocco my eye. Drek is what he is."