Morocco (IP)- A prominent Islamic movement in Morocco has asked the government to invert its normalization of relations with Israel and dismiss the Israeli ambassador to the North African country.

Iran Press/Africa: Abdul Rahim al-Sheikhi, the Head of Moroccan Unification and Reform Movement, in a speech during a national youth festival on Saturday, said: “We must put pressure on authorities and state institutions in Morocco to withdraw the normalization agreement concluded with Israel, expel the Israeli ambassador from Rabat, and summon the Moroccan ambassador from Tel Aviv,”. 

“Support for the Palestinian cause in the face of the Israeli Occupation is not simply for the sake of defending Palestine, but rather protects us against the repercussions of normalization,” he added.

The occupying Israeli regime will continue to be Morocco’s enemy hidden under the guise of normalization, the head of the Unification and Reform Movement stressed. 

Normalization agreement: 

Israel and Morocco agreed on December 10, 2020, to normalize relations in a deal brokered with the help of Trump's administration, making the North African country the fourth Arab state that year to strike a normalization deal with the regime. The others were the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.

Former US President Donald Trump sealed the agreement in a phone call with Morocco's King Mohammed VI. As part of the agreement, the US president agreed to recognize Morocco's "sovereignty" over the Western Sahara region, which has been at the centre of a dispute with neighbouring Algeria.

Algeria said the US decision "has no legal effect because it contradicts UN resolutions, especially UN Security Council resolutions on Western Sahara."

The pro-independence Polisario Front also rejected "the strongest terms" the stance on the disputed Western Sahara Desert region.

The agreement with Israel further drew condemnation from the Palestinians and across the Muslim world.

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