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Muslim scholars slam Morocco’s normalization of ties with Israel

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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Muslim scholar groups have censured a move by Morocco to agree to normalize its relations with the Israeli regime, as the US-brokered agreement continues to draw condemnations from around the world.

The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) said in a statement that the normalization agreement “contradicts with the Moroccan people’s support for the Palestinian people,” Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency reported on Saturday.

The Qatar-based group added that the Israeli regime still “occupies our al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem [al-Quds], our blessed lands [in Palestine], and the Golan Heights of Syria, and still looks to swallow more.”

US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that Morocco had reached an agreement with Israel on the normalization of relations. Morocco thus became the fourth Arab country — after the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Sudan — to reach such an agreement with the Tel Aviv regime since August.

The US secured the deal by agreeing to recognize Moroccan “sovereignty” over disputed areas in the Western Sahara.

Morocco annexed the vast Western Sahara region, a former Spanish colony, in 1975 and has since been in conflict with the Algeria-backed Polisario Front, a movement that seeks to establish an independent state in the territory and end Morocco’s presence there.

Furthermore, the Arab Maghreb Scholars League (AMSL) called on Rabat to reconsider its provocative decision to establish diplomatic relations with the Tel Aviv regime, Anadolu reported.

The AMSL also called on Islamic governments to resist any internal or external pressure to give up on the Palestinian cause.

All Palestinian factions have condemned the normalization agreements with Israel, considering them a betrayal of their cause.

On Friday, a number of Palestinian resistance groups jointly condemned Morocco’s normalization agreement with Israel.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement has also strongly condemned the agreement, stressing that the Arab countries having relations with Tel Aviv will soon regret their move.

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