CASABLANCA WITNESSES RALLY IN SUPPORT OF PALESTINIANS

Moroccans in Casablanca rallied in solidarity with Palestinians, demanding a lasting ceasefire in Gaza and the termination of diplomatic ties with Israel. Tens of thousands filled the streets, displaying Palestinian flags and donning black and white keffiyeh scarves. The protesters urged an end to the relations established between Morocco and Israel in 2020, part of a broader normalization process involving several Arab nations. While pro-Palestinian demonstrations had waned in Morocco since the normalization, the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas reignited a surge in support.

Socialist MP Nabila Mounib emphasized the need for a definitive ceasefire, stating, “What we need is not a truce, but a definitive ceasefire so that we can sit down together and give peace a chance.” Mounib outlined the aspirations of the protesters, including the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state with Al-Quds as its capital, the potential return of exiles from the entire Palestinian diaspora, and the release of prisoners in Israeli jails.

The protests coincided with the third day of a four-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, following a seven-week conflict that resulted in the reported deaths of almost 15,000 Palestinians and 1,200 Israelis, according to officials from both sides.

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