Yesterday, Israeli diplomat David Saranga was chased out of Morocco after a mass demonstration for Palestinian rights spread across the capital. Saranga told the Jerusalem Post that he did not feel in danger, but he chose to leave Morocco at the behest of a security officer.
The protests began in Morocco last Thursday, when the diplomat first arrived and continued to grow through the weekend, until Saranga left the country. "As early as Saturday, when we were discussing the environment, energy and women's rights, I could see people protesting outside," said Saranga. On Sunday "there were maybe a 100,000 demonstrators who yelled and waved signs – and that was that," said Saranga who today spoke with Ynet News.
The protestors in Rabat called for equal access to Jerusalem and for freedom to Palestinian political prisoners. Also Israeli flags were burned. Today PressTV reported the demonstration was held in conjunction with the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ), an upcoming international day of action where protestors will walk to the holy city. GMJ is scheduled for March 30th, also known as Land Day, or yom al-arda, in order to call attention to the unequal access to Jerusalem, as imposed by the Israeli occupation.
In 1994 Morocco became the second Arab country in North Africa, following Egypt, to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.