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Moroccans, angry at attacks on Gaza, demand halt to ties with Israel

Moroccans, angry at attacks on Gaza, demand halt to ties with Israel

MOROCCANS waving Palestinian flags took to the streets of the capital Rabat on Sunday calling on the government to cut ties with Israel in protest against continued Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip which have killed thousands of civilians. Protests against Israel's war in Gaza have repeatedly drawn thousands of people in Morocco since the conflict began two months ago, mostly led by pan-Arab and Islamist groups. Sunday's march by about 3,000 protesters was the first to have been led by the PJD, Morocco's biggest Islamist party which led the elected government from 2011 until 2021, a sign the movement…
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Are Moroccans Arab or African? Geopolitics, football, and the future of Africa

Are Moroccans Arab or African? Geopolitics, football, and the future of Africa

OPINION PIECE BY RICHARD ALI WHEN Morocco held firm with a 1-0 win over Portugal despite Portugal's dominance in the quarterfinal match at the Qatar World Cup, Africans worldwide roared their approval. An African side had made it to the World Cup semi-finals for the first time. However, a statement by team captain Sofaine Boufal following their round-of-16 win against Spain, acknowledging Muslim and Arab support and ignoring Africa altogether, ignited a virtual riot that touched on one of Africa's most dramatic fault lines—the identity question. Did the Moroccans not see themselves as African? Millions of African supporters said "no"…
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