Following their meeting in Rabat on Thursday, the Israeli Knesset speaker and his Moroccan counterpart inked parliamentary agreements. The agreements’ contents were not immediately clear.
Amir Ohana’s invitation to Morocco is the first issued to an Israeli parliament speaker by a Muslim country.
Protesters assemble outside the Moroccan parliament in Rabat to oppose Ohana’s arrival.
Protesters at the Moroccan Front in Support of Palestine demonstration brandished Palestinian flags and held posters critical of Israel.
“We cannot accept that the head of the Israeli Parliament can come here with total impunity, even though the Israeli Parliament is currently an extreme right-wing parliament, dominated by fascists, and is coming here to be received by the Moroccan Parliament. So we’re here as the Moroccan Front in Support of Palestine and against normalisation, to protest against normalisation in general and against this outcome of normalisation, which is normalisation between the Moroccan Parliament and the Zionist Parliament,” said Abdelhamid Amine, member of the Moroccan Front in support of Palestine and against normalisation.
Following the commencement of the second Palestinian intifada in 2000, Israel and Morocco reestablished diplomatic ties in December 2020.
Morocco joined the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan as the fourth Arab country to normalise relations with Israel in 2020.