DIALOGUS. Organisation Nationale Marocaine pour la Promotion de la Tolérance et la Lutte contre la Discrimination, le Racisme et l’Antisémitisme
Morocco, 19 November 2013
Moroccan Human-Rights-Organisation “Dialogus” condemns Moroccan parliamentarian groups as inhuman, anti-constitutional and antidemocratic as they propose a law to criminalize contacts with Israel and Israelis with two to five years of imprisonment
1. The law proposal “Criminalizing Normalization with the Israeli Entity” violates the letter and spirit of the new Constitution of July 2011, which recognizes the plurality and openness of Moroccan society and the state, as stated in the preamble of the Constitution:
Based on the same report, His Majesty the King instructed the government and the High Commissioner to prepare a strategy and appropriate action plan in coordination with the National Council for Human Rights and the various actors involved to formulate a comprehensive policy in the field of immigration and towards foreigners without discrimination.
3. The proposed law to criminalize “Normalization with the Israeli entity” states (with reference to the Moroccan Penal Code in its articles 36, 114, 128 and 129) in the fifth paragraph of its first article, that
anybody should be legally punished who contributes, participates or attends any “activity in Morocco in which a natural or legal person holding Israeli citizenship or being resident of the Israeli entity contributes, participates, or attends.” Such activities explicitly include any “political, economic, commercial, tourist, cultural, media, artistic, athletic, and other kinds of activities.”
Furthermore, the sixth paragraph of the same article calls for the legal punishment of all Moroccan citizens and foreigners residing in Morocco in case of “any kind of cooperation or exchange with the israeli entity, (…) in any sector, political or economic or commercial or financial or cultural or athletic or artistic or tourist or press, and whether the parties of this cooperation or exchange are natural or legal, entities of public or private law (…) and whether the cooperation is direct or indirect.”
The organization Dialogus, and affiliated human rights activists, scholars, teachers, and artists, consider this law proposal a declaration of diplomatic war against all countries that have citizens holding Israeli citizenship. The same is true for Moroccans living in Morocco with family ties in Israel.
4. The law proposal “Criminalizing Normalization with the Israeli Entity” not only violates the Moroccan Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all international covenants and treaties on Human Rights, but also exposes an inhuman approach influenced by Nazi tendencies.
5. Finally, we would like to reiterate that there is no other way out of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, than through a mutual, serious and open dialogue between the two parties involved in this conflict in the spirit of peace and good relations as neighbors, on the basis of two independent and democratic states.
Vice President and Spokesperson
4 See: http://dialogus-ong.org/