Category Archives: Morocco

Reports: Morocco stops sale, production of full-face veil

Local media has reported that factories across Morocco were made to stop manufacturing burqas, while shops have been told to liquidate inventories. The Interior Ministry cited security concerns as grounds for the move.

Authorities in Morocco have prohibited both the manufacture and sale of the burqa for security reasons, local media has reported. Although there has been no official announcement from the government concerning the move, the new measures are set to take affect as soon as next week.

“We have taken the step of completely banning the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all the cities and towns of the kingdom,” news website “Le360” wrote, quoting a source in the Interior Ministry.

The source said the decision had been made for safety reasons, adding that “bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes.”


Moroccan Official: Germany Was Informed About Tunisian Suspect Before the Attack

Rabat – Moroccan intelligence services had allegedly informed their German counterparts about the possibility that the Anis Amiri, the alleged author of the Berlin attack on Monday, could perpetrate a terrorist attack on German soil.

According to a Moroccan official, who spoke to Morocco World News on condition of anonymity, Morocco’s intelligence services, otherwise known as DST, had alerted Germany’s Federal Foreign Service on September 19, 2016 of Anis Amiri’s jihadist tendencies and his alleged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.

According to the same source, Moroccan intelligence services again reached out to their German counterparts on October 11, 2016 and informed them that Amiri had been illegally residing in Germany for 14 months and was meeting, on a regular basis, with two followers of ISIS described as “dangerous.”


Woman Sentenced to 4 Years for Desecrating Quran

Rabat – The board of Casablanca’s Ain Sebaa’s court has sentenced a 40-year-old woman to four years in prison and a fine of MAD 500 for desecrating copies of the holy Quran during a women’s prayer room in the “Lkhzama” mosque, located in the Casablanca neighborhood of Lissasfa last November.

The incident has sparked outrage among Lissasfa’s population, who protested against the woman’s act.

The mosque’s Imam, who caught the woman desecrating the Quran, and the women’s prayer room in complete disarray. Amid the mess, he found a copy of the Holy Quran covered with pieces of bread, urine and excrement.


Moroccan state TV shows women how to hide domestic violence

State broadcaster Channel 2M demonstrates how to cover up bruises with makeup and ‘carry on with your daily life’

Women in Morocco have reacted in horror after a programme on state television demonstrated how they could use makeup to cover up evidence of domestic violence.

The segment in the daily programme Sabahiyat, on Channel 2M, showed a smiling makeup artist demonstrating how to mask marks of beating, on a woman with her face made up to appear swollen and covered with fake black and blue bruises.

“We hope these beauty tips will help you carry on with your daily life”, the host said at the end of the segment, broadcast on 23 November – two days before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.


Moroccan teenager, 17, burns herself to death after being ‘gang raped by eight men who threatened to post a video of their sickening attack online

A Moroccan teenager killed herself after eight men accused of raping her were released on bail and allegedly blackmailed her over a sick video they had made of their crime.

The 17-year-old doused herself in a flammable substance and set herself alight on a street in the central city of Ben Guerir, near Marrakesh.

She was rushed to hospital with severe burns to her body but died of her injuries.


Meryl Streep joins Michelle Obama in a meeting with Moroccan teenagers as White House announces $100million education initiative for girls in the country

The first lady’s meeting heralded an announcement that the ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative would be extended in Morocco on Tuesday with more than $100million of foreign aid going towards transforming secondary education in the country.

Obama, who is traveling with daughters Sasha and Malia on her six-day trip to promote education with stops in Liberia, Morocco and Spain, was greeted at the airport on Monday by King Mohammed VI’s wife Princess Lalla Selma.

100,000,000? Now I understand why the Arabs invented appropriated the zero.


ISIS plot to kill dozens of Western tourists in Morocco is thwarted

An ISIS gang who were hatching a ‘dangerous’ plot to attack tourists and Western diplomats in Morocco have been thwarted.

Morocco ‘s Interior Ministry says authorities have arrested a Chadian national who was plotting to attack Western diplomatic buildings and tourist sites.

The Chadian, who has not been named, was arrested on Friday in a safe house in the northern city of Tangiers


No more asylum seekers from Morocco, says Germany’s most populous state citing crime

morocco_moleGermany’s most populous state has said it will not accept any more asylum seekers from Morocco, after migrants from the country were identified among suspects in the Cologne sex attacks.

The government of North Rhine-Westphalia, where Cologne lies, said federal authorities had agreed not to send any more Moroccans to refugee accommodation in the state.


Morocco sex worker film star severely beaten amid controversy

The star of a film on sex work in Morocco – banned in the North African kingdom – was savagely beaten in Casablanca last week, sparking an outcry on social media over social taboos that activists say can be enforced by violence.

Loubna Abidar, who portrays a Marrakech sex worker in Much Loved, a film by renowned French-Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch that caused a stir in Morocco when a series of previews were released on YouTube, said police and hospital workers refused to help her. Instead they humiliated her, she said.

“No [police officer] and no doctor would take care of me. Everyone mocked me and said, ‘Finally, Abidar! You got beaten,” she said in a video posted online.