Hamas Thanks Morocco for Disinviting Peres

Hamas head thanks leading Moroccan politician after 'Zionist' Peres blocked from international conference in Marrakesh.

Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar,

Shimon Peres (file)
Shimon Peres (file)

The Hamas terrorist organization is delighted by the decision of the Moroccan government, which cancelled the invitation of former Prime Minister Shimon Peres to the Clinton Global Initiative conference to be held in Marrakesh from Tuesday to Thursday.

Mohammed Faraj al-Ghul, an MP and Hamas faction chairman at the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), welcomed the "courageous" uninvitation, calling for a continued struggle against normalization with "the Israeli occupation."

Speaking to Abdullah Boano, a leader in Morocco's ruling Justice and Development Party which is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood that Hamas is a Gaza-based offshoot of, al-Ghul called the cancellation a sign of the support for "Palestine" among Arab and Islamist leaders.

Boano said last Friday, "our government is innocent of all accusations regarding the invitation of this Zionist, Shimon Peres, to Morocco."

"There are attempts to make it look like the government invited this Zionist to Morocco," he added, blaming his political opposition of "seeking to undermine the government’s popularity."

In his comments to Boano, Al-Ghul said Israel was guilty of "expulsion and complete destruction" of the Mughrabi neighborhood in the southeastern Old City of Jerusalem.

Regarding the Mughrabi neighborhood, Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamist Movement in Israel, claimed back in 2008 that certain territory in Jerusalem and other cities are Islamic property forever that were given to the "Mughrabi" fighters from Morocco who joined Saladin in his occupation of Jerusalem in 12th century CE.

Salah said these areas today "belong" to Morocco and other North African states where the occupying Muslim forces originated from.

According to Salah, the Mughrabi areas include the Western Wall (Kotel) compound where a neighborhood was established for the Mughrabi fighters, as well as the Ein Kerem neighborhood, and several other neighborhoods and towns including locations in Ramle and around the country.