On Friday, last week, the United States and Morocco signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at combating all forms of anti-Semitism, amidst growing instances of bias and hate crimes across the globe.
The MOU was signed by Elan Carr, who leads the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, and El Mehdi Boudra, president of the Morocco-based Association Mimouna. The Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism is a part of the Office of Religion and Global Affairs (S/RGA) at the United States Department of State. The office “advocates U.S. policy on anti-Semitism both in the United States and internationally, develops and implements policies and projects to support efforts to combat anti-Semitism.”
The Memorandum of Understanding states the United States and Morocco “intend to work together to share and promote best practices for combating all forms of anti-Semitism, including anti-Zionism and the delegitimization of the State of Israel” and “for combating other kinds of intolerance and hatred, including Islamophobia.”
The MOU has come a month after Morocco agreed to normalize ties with Israel, joining the U.S.-brokered Abraham Accords that currently includes the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan. A similar MOU was also signed last October by the United States and Bahrain—one month after Israel, Bahrain, and the UAE signed the Abraham Accords at the White House.
The agreement “reinforces the deep and longstanding partnership between our two countries in the fight against all forms of intolerance and the promotion of peace and mutual coexistence,” said Morocco’s ambassador to the United States, Princess Lalla Joumala, in a statement. “It is an unwavering engagement spearheaded by His Majesty King Mohammed VI who leads by example and upholds the proud heritage of tolerance perpetuated by His Forefathers.”