The initiative of King Mohammed VI to create a museum of Jewish culture is of a symbolic significance “absolutely extraordinary,” said Monday the Secretary General of the Council of Israel’s Communities of Morocco, Serge Berdugo.
“Creating this place of memory in a cradle of Moroccan civilization, where the imprint of Moroccan Judaism has been most striking, shows the intention of the Sovereign to see that all the currents that have irrigated the Moroccan civilization are present”, said Berdugo on the sidelines of the launch ceremony of the restoration work of the museum “Al Batha” and construction of a museum of Jewish culture.
He said he was “certain” that this museum will have a symbolic role of “great value outside”, in that “people will come to see how, for hundreds of years, Jews and Muslims lived peacefully in Morocco and created an art of living-together”.
“As HM the King pointed out in his speech to receive Pope Francis, in a world that lacks so many references, Morocco is paving the way for true tolerance without any ambiguity,” he said.
Berdugo added that “together, we will strive to show all the jewels of the Moroccan civilization so that the whole world can realize once again what Morocco will be tomorrow”.
King Mohammed VI recently visited several projects carried out as part of the rehabilitation and enhancement programs of the old medina of Fes, and proceeded to launch the restoration work of the museum “Al Batha” and construction of a museum of Jewish culture.
These projects, visited or launched by the Sovereign, aim at preserving the national heritage in all its forms of expression and protecting it for the benefit of future generations, as well as in the efforts made to promote the influence of the millennial city of Fez.