The May 16 Attack on 

CASABLANCA

The events of May 16, 2003 were a great tragedy for both Jews and Muslims in Morocco.  While the loss of life was small compared to that experienced by Jews and Muslims in Israel and Palestine, it was a great shock to the Moroccan population.  Most Moroccans experienced nothing like this in their lifetime.  While no one should mistake the actions of the bombers with the sentiments of the Muslim population toward the Jews, it is understandable that Moroccan Jews are feeling a much greater sense of unease. 

 

The efforts of Israel to extend a welcoming hand to those who might wish to emigrate is laudable.  However, the leaders of the Moroccan Jewish community have done their best to reemphasize that Morocco has been an extremely hospitable and welcoming home for Jews.  The Moroccan Government has done likewise and increased security for Jewish institutions. Both Jews and Muslims believe the 2,000 years of Jewish civilization in Morocco deserves preservation.  The Moroccan Jewish population  has experienced cyclical periods of insecurity, but has also received preferential treatment from the Monarchy.  It is clear that their special  place  in Morocco  will continue.

 

Here are some links to learn more about the bombings and their impact on the Jewish community of Morocco:

 

Protection for Morocco's Jews 

http://www.somethingjewish.co.uk/articles/143_protection_for_moroc.htm

British Board of Deputies

 

Moroccan Jews' dilemma: Leave amid terrorism fears or keep alive an ancient heritage?
Moroccan Jews' dilemma: Leave amid terrorism fears or keep alive an ancient heritage?

Associated Press

 

Moroccan Jewish Community Bridge between Palestinians, Israelis

Moroccan Jewish community bridge between Palestinians, Israelis

British Broadcasting Corporation

 

Israeli foreign minister praises very good meeting with Moroccan king

Israeli foreign minister praises "very good meeting" with Moroccan king

British Broadcasting Corporation

 

Moroccan commentators praise Arab-Israeli concert

Moroccan commentators praise Arab-Israeli concert

Deutsche Presse-Agentur

 

Casablanca Suspects Go on Trial

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3082933.stm

BBC

 

Another Attack in Morocco

http://www.africaonline.com/site/Articles/1,3,53493.jsp

Africa Online

 

In Moroccan Slum Zealotry Took Root:: 

Bombers Linked to Al Qaida Worked under Radar of Authorities

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5446-2003Jun2.html

Washington Post

 

Casablanca's Jews Share Sorrow of Muslim Mourners

Casablanca's Jews share sorrows of Muslim mourners

Agence France Presse

 

Moroccan Jews: A Way of Life is Dying

Moroccan Jews: A way of life is dying

Hamilton Spectator (from Los Angeles Times)

 

Moroccan Jews Seek to Keep Peace

Moroccan Jews seek to keep peace

International Herald Tribune (from New York Times)

 

Moroccan Jews Should Emigrate

Moroccan Jews should Emigrate

Jerusalem Post

 

Muslim Support Hearkens Moroccan Jews

Muslim support heartens Morocco's Jews

Ottawa Citizen (from London Times)

 

Moroccan Jews Celebrate Saint Festival in Essaouira

Moroccan Jews celebrate saint festival in Essaouira

BBC Monitoring Middle East - Political (from MAP News Agency)

Jewish Agency readying for Morocco immigration in wake of Qaida attacks

Haaretz Daily

Carnage in Casablanca

Time
 
Morocco's tourism industry at stake
Middle East Online
 
Morocco moves against militants
BBC
 
Raids, arrests follow Morocco bombings
Chicago Tribune
 
Moroccan agents raid militant hideouts
The Herald
 
Moroccan officials hunt militants after suicide attacks
Nando Times
 
A gruesome warning for Morocco
Asia Times Online
 
'Rapid progress' in Morocco blasts probe
iafrica.com
 
The bombings in Saudi Arabia and Morocco are a sign that al-Qaeda is back
Macleans Online
 
Morocco Identifies Bomb Attackers
Sky.com
 
Investigators swoop down on militants in Morocco
Toronto Star Online
 
Morocco arrests Islamists after bombings kill 41
eTaiwanNews.com
 
'Local Hands' Accused in Morocco Blast
Los Angeles Times
 
Moroccan Agents Raid Militant Hotbeds
Miami Herald
Moroccan agents raid militant areas in bombing investigation
AP via New Jersey Online
 
Moroccan Islamists Accused in Blast
Los Angeles Times
 
Moroccan Islamists suspected of suicide bombings
Gulf News
 
Bush offers Morocco US help in tracking down terrorists
Africa Online
 
Morocco detains 30 suspects, suspect Islamist group in bombings
Africa Online
 
Death toll rises in Morocco blasts
Africa Online
 
Most of Suicide Bombers Identified as Moroccans
Washington Post
 
Moroccan Islamists Involved in Blast
Los Angeles Times
 
'Local Hands' Uncovered in Morocco Blast
Los Angeles Times
 
Morocco arrests Islamist suspects
Deutsche Welle
 
Morocco wakes up to reality of violence
Guardian Unlimited
 
Moroccan officials raid militant hideouts
USA Today
 
Bombers were Moroccans, says Justice Minister
Irish Times
 
Moroccan bombers seen as part of global network
INQ7.net
 
Morocco making progress in attack investigation
ABC Online
 
Dozens held as death toll rises in Morocco blasts
CNN
 
Britain urges Morocco travellers to be cautious
Gulf Daily News
 
Moroccans raid militant hideouts
MSNBC
 
Morocco push to terror fight
Calcutta Telegraph
 
Morocco moves against militants
IHT
 
Moroccan Officials Raid Militant Hideouts
Miami Herald
 
Morocco turns spotlight on Al-Qaida
The Statesman
 
Morocco trail leads to Iran?
The Hindu
 
Attack on Morocco
Jang Group
 
Morocco arrests 30 for suicide bombings
Jang Group
 
Advani hopes Saudi, Morocco attacks to force terror rethink
Express India
 
33 held for Morocco blasts
Express India
 
Morocco rounds up Islamic militants
Toronto Star Online
 
Bush offers Morocco help
News24.com
 
Moroccan Jewry, Please Come Home
Israel National News
 
Morocco Detains 30 Suspects, Suspect Islamist Group in Bombings
VOA
 
Moroccan Islamists Suspected in Casablanca Bombings
Deutsche Welle
 
Security boosted for Moroccan Jews
JTA
 
Benlulu: Moroccan Jews should immigrate
Jerusalem Post
 
Moroccan agents raid militant areas
Jerusalem Post
 
Morocco bombs claim another victim
CNN
 
(22:35) Moroccan agents raid militant areas
Jerusalem Post
 
Islamic group linked to Moroccan bombing
ABC Online
 
Moroccan agents raid militant areas in investigation of Casablanca attacks
AP via New Jersey Online
 
Moroccan papers condemn bombings
BBC
 
Moroccan Agents Raid Militant Hideouts
Miami Herald
 
Morocco focuses on suspected Islamic militants
USA Today
 
US seeks role in Morocco inquiry
Courier Mail
 
Investigation goes on in Moroccan blasts
NewsMax.com
 
Morocco rounds up blast suspects
NDTV
 
Morocco focuses on suspected Islamic militants
USA Today
 
Islamic militants detained
USA Today
 
Casablanca on edge Morocco struggles for normality after terror attacks
BBC
 
Islamic Militants Held in Morocco Attacks
Miami Herald
 
Islamic militants arrested in Morocco
Globe and Mail
 
Bush offers Morocco assistance in tracking down bombers
ABC Online
 
Police probe al Qaeda link to Morocco bombings
CTV.ca
 
33 held in Morocco bombings
New York Daily News
 
Morocco 'identifies bombers'
BBC
 
Islamic Militants Held in Morocco Blasts
Miami Herald
 
Morocco blasts renew Al Qaeda fears
Toronto Star Online
 
Suspects held over Morocco bombs
BBC
 
US seeks role in Morocco inquiry
The Mercury
 
Moroccan Suicide Bombers May Have Ties to Al-Qaida
VOA
 
Bush offers Morocco help
Business Day
 
Morocco arrests Islamists after bombings kill 41
SABC
 
Morocco Police Question Islamic Militants
Miami Herald
 
Investigation goes on in Moroccan blasts
Washington Times
 
Bush offers Morocco help
Business Day
 
More than 30 arrested in Morocco
Middle East Online
 
More arrests in Morocco bombings
Courier Mail
 
Moroccan bombings shock press
BBC
 
Morocco arrests Islamists after bombings 5/18/2003 1:34:00 PM
ABS-CBN
 
Morocco bombings spurred by war on terror: Mahathir
Malaysiakini
 
41 killed in five Moroccan suicide attacks
DAWN Group
 
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