Report: Moroccan King Orders Restoration of Hundreds of Jewish Sites

Beth-El Synagogue in Casablanca, Morocco. (Sambasoccer27)

King Mohammed VI of Morocco recently introduced an initiative to restore hundreds of historical Jewish sites in the kingdom, Yisrael Hayom reported Monday.

According to Arab media reports, the move is part of the rapprochement between Rabat and Yerushalayim, which resumed their diplomatic relations earlier this year as part of the Abraham Accords.

The plan is expected to see the renovation of hundreds of shuls, cemeteries and Jewish heritage sites in several cities in Morocco, among them the Jewish cemetery in the city of Fes, which includes 13,000 graves.

The monarch has also reportedly decided to reinstate the original names of some of the country’s Jewish neighborhoods.

Several Jewish museums has already been opened in Morocco, alongside other initiatives seeking to cater to the growing interest in preserving Moroccan Jewish heritage.

The national flags of Israel and Morocco are projected on the walls of the Old City of Yerushalayim in 2020, along with the word “peace,” in English, Hebrew and Arabic. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Israel welcomed King Mohammed’s initiative, which comes as the two countries mark the first anniversary of their newfound alliance.

Last month, Defense Minister Benny Gantz made his first visit to the kingdom, where he met with this Moroccan counterpart Abdellatif Loudiyi. The two inked a memorandum of understanding formalizing defense ties between the two nations and allowing for smoother cooperation between their defense establishments.