An elderly Jewish couple in Casablanca has appealed to King Mohammed V1 to stop 'Mafioso' gangs from threatening to evict them from their home of 50 years. This is not a problem exclusive to Jews. Muslims too have been targeted by these gangs, reports Yabiladi. Here is a rough translation from French:
"With a quivering voice, Shalom Abdelhak reveals his identity in a video posted on YouTube. A Jewish man of over eighty, visibly weakened by illness he is seeking the intervention of King Mohammed VI in his case. In Moroccan dialect, he says he and his wife are victims of a "group" that is threatening to evict them from their apartment in Casablanca.
"Shalom has been renting his home for over 46 years. Throughout this period, he said he has had no problem with the owners of the building. He also says he regularly pays his rent. It's the same story with his wife, Viessmann Messody, who is also sick. The latter fears that they will forced to live on the street at their age.
Shalom's case is not unique. The video shows the testimony of another woman, also Jewish, who has lived in the building for 50 years. The problem started in 2012 when "a Mafioso," she claimed, posed as the "owner" of the premises. Since then, "we are experiencing a living hell," she says.
She accuses "chamkaras" of being behind these threats. They target empty apartments, trying to remove windows, doors and even marble and mosaic to show the authorities that the building is at risk of falling into disrepair: then they order its demolition.
Shalom says: " we are very old and we have nowhere else to go. This is where we were born. "
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