Morocco receives 43,000 documents from France about Moroccan Jews

Morocco retrieved more than 43,000 archival documents from France regarding Moroccan Jews.

The documents were received under an agreement signed by the Moroccan Archives Foundation in Rabat, with high-level French officials.

The head of the Moroccan Archives Foundation, Jamea Beida, said the handing over of an archive that embraces the memory of Moroccan Jews was the result of attempts since February 2013.

“The issue of Moroccan Jews has always been sensitive,” he told Anadolu, adding that the documents will help fill a big gap for Moroccan researchers.

“After the establishment of Israel in 1948, the Jewish archive was particularly sensitive and colonial states, like France or Spain, or some Moroccan Jews who decided to leave for America, Europe or Israel, took the archival documents with them.”

“The foundation’s quest to retrieve the archive of Moroccan Jews is in line with the 2011 Constitution which makes the Hebrew Jewish heritage an integral part of Moroccan heritage and identity,” he added.

The majority of the documents obtained by Morocco date back to the late 19th century and mid-20th century.

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