Dozens of human rights activists demonstrated in front of the Moroccan parliament building in the capital Rabat on Monday in protest against the visit of the Chief of Staff of the Israeli occupation army, Aviv Kochavi. This is the first public visit of its kind and will last three days.
The protest was called by the popular National Action Group for Palestine, which opposes normalization between Morocco and the occupation regime. Demonstrators chanted slogans condemning the visit and normalization.
Kochavi arrived in Morocco as part of the framework to strengthen military and security cooperation between Tel Aviv and Rabat, which started to take shape in April 2020.
According to the head of the Moroccan Observatory against Normalization, Ahmed Wehman, the protest represented “condemnation of the visit of the war criminal,” who, as he put it, “shed the blood of thousands of Lebanese and Arab Palestinians.”
He told Anadolu news agency, “His [Kochavi’s] place is in court so that justice can have its say with him, and he will be punished for what he has committed with his hands, which are stained with the blood of innocents.”
The Zionist entity and Morocco signed a security memorandum of understanding at the end of November last year during the visit of Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz to Rabat. Diplomatic relations between the two sides were resumed in December 2020 after a break of twenty years. Morocco froze relations following the outbreak of the second Palestinian intifada in 2000.
The government in Morocco is the fourth Arab regime to normalize relations with the Zionist entity since 2020, after the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan. Egypt and Jordan each signed peace treaties with the occupation in 1979 and 1994 respectively.
Source: Middle East Monitor (photos by Al-Manar Website)