Israel razed the Magrhibi/Moroccan quarter days after conquering east Jerusalem during the 1967 war in order to make a plaza for Jews to worship in front of the Western Wall. It dates back 800 years, founded by Salah al-Din in 1193. Many who descended from Morocco lived there and supported it financially. In 1967, Israel expelled 650 people and destroyed 150 homes, including a mosque, one Islamic shrine. Several people died following their refusal to leave and one woman was buried beneath the rubble. Shamefully, the Israeli mayor of Jerusalem Teddy Kollek justiied this destruction by claiming to the UN that Jordan had turned the Moroccan quarter into a slum. The following day, even Palestinian Arabs living in the Jewish quarter were expelled from their homes. If Israel wants to honor Jerusalem's Moroccan heritage, it should begin by acknowledging the destruction of the Moroccan quarter.
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