Marchers shouting extremist slogans were out in force last weekend in both Tunisia and Morocco. While an Islamist preacher shouted anti-Jewish death threats, an Israeli diplomat had to be smuggled out of a conference after demonstrators protested his presence.
The blog Cybersion reports:
TUNIS – A Salafist preacher made death threats against the Jews during a large-scale march on avenue Habib Bourguiba, Tunis's main artery.
"Get ready for the fight: Jews! Jews! The fight is for God's cause. Paradise! Paradise! " the religious leader with a white beard and djellaba screamed into his loudhailer while the crowd boiled over.
The President of the Tunisian Jewish community, Roger Bismuth, told Associated Press such calls were 'unacceptable'. He called on the authorities to react. "I have only contempt for these people. They are not worthy of respect because they do damage to their country, my country, because I am a Tunisian," he said.
Salafists had called for the deaths of Jews during a visit last January by the Palestinian Hamas leader, Ismaïl Haniyeh. These calls had been universally condemned by the authorities and organs of civil society, including the 'moderate' Islamist party Ennahda, now in power.
Sunday's demonstration brought together more than 10,000. All came to call for sharia law and to condemn the desecration of the Koran and other incidents that took place last week in mosques around the country.
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Israeli flags burned in Morocco (with thanks: Gili)
Ynet News reports: Several days prior to the Global March to Jerusalem, thousands of Moroccans took part in a mass rally in Rabat "in support of Jerusalem." Israeli diplomat David Saranga, who was in the city for a conference, was taken out of the building through a side door as demonstrators protested his presence there, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday. Palestinian flags were flown and Israeli flags were burned during the march.
A Moroccan Islamic organization that organized the march claimed that 100,000 participated in the rally.
"The people want to free al-Aqsa," the protesters chanted. "A million martyrs are going to Jerusalem."
Arab media reported Sunday that Saranga's participation in a Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EUROMED) meeting at Morocco's parliament stirred uproar among citizens and legislators. The country's ruling party boycotted the meeting.Read article in full
Diplomat leaves Morocco (Jerusalem Post: with thanks: Lily)