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Dozens protest in Morocco after Israeli envoy recalled

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Dozens of pro-Palestinian demonstrators protested outdoors Morocco’s parliament Friday in opposition to the dominion’s normalisation of ties with Israel after the Jewish state recalled its high envoy from Rabat amid a probe, AFP correspondents mentioned.

Around 100 folks chanted slogans in opposition to the rapprochement between Morocco and Israel, criticising its ambassador David Govrin and Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita.

Israeli public broadcaster Kan reported Monday {that a} overseas ministry delegation had been dispatched to Rabat, following sexual abuse allegations in opposition to envoy Govrin.

An Israeli diplomatic supply confirmed to AFP that Govrin had been recalled whereas an investigation received underway, with out detailing the character of the probe.

According to Israeli media, the envoy is dealing with allegations of exploiting Moroccan girls, sexual harassment and indecent publicity.

“Today, we are in front of the parliament to protest against the hideous acts” allegedly dedicated by Govrin, mentioned Amine Abdelhamid, a pro-Palestinian activist in opposition to normalisation between Morocco and Israel.

“Morocco’s dignity is not for sale, the normalisation must end,” he mentioned.

Protesters burned an Israeli flag on the finish of the demonstration.

Rabat reduce relations with Israel in 2000 following the outbreak of the second Palestinian intifada, however in 2020 Morocco adopted the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in formalising ties with Israel.

The US-backed deal noticed Washington recognise Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara territory.

Govrin, 59, served as Israel’s envoy to Cairo earlier than being appointed ambassador to Rabat final yr.

Israel’s overseas ministry didn’t remark when contacted by AFP this week in regards to the probe.

There are additionally claims of embezzlement and the obvious disappearance of a present from the Moroccan monarch to have fun Israel’s Independence Day.

Govrin is at present in Israel and is concerned within the ongoing investigation, an Israeli diplomatic supply mentioned.

Moroccan authorities haven’t commented on the matter.

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