“Event marking restoration of 167 Jewish graveyards in Morocco also marks need for respect, tolerance, and appreciation of all religions”:
Days after the attacks in Paris, an interfaith celebration of the restoration of Jewish cemeteries in predominantly Muslim Morocco emphasised the need for respect, tolerance, and appreciation of the world’s religions.
Co-hosted by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Council of the Jewish Communities of Morocco (CJCM) and held on Capitol Hill in Washington, the event marked the restoration of 167 Jewish graveyards, and 12,600 graves across 40 provinces. The majority of the sites are located in the areas of the Souss-Massa-Draa, Marrakesh-Tensift-Al Haouz, and Meknes-Tafilalet.
The rehabilitation programme, dubbed “Houses of Life,” began in 2010 under the purview of the Moroccan government.
Serge Berdugo, president of the Council of Jewish Communities of Morocco, called the restoration “a very sacred mission”. He noted that in a world which frequently sees conflict between Muslims and Jews, the project offers hope. “May we go on working our way peacefully in the memories of all the deceased,” he said. “May they rest in peace.”..[FULL STORY]