Editor of the literary magazine Souffles, Abraham Serfaty served a life sentence from until his release from prison in September He was sentenced. Today marks the eighth anniversary of the death of Abraham Serfaty, a prominent Jewish Moroccan political activist. Serfaty was an avowed. Abraham Serfaty is a internationally prominent Moroccan political activist who spent many years in prison and became a symbol of the popular resistance.

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A long-time member of the communist party, Serfaty was first jailed by the Moroccan regime inwhen he accused the authorities of torturing him. ReligionChristianityIslam. He was officially charged with “plotting against the State’s security”, but the heavy sentence seemed to have been more a result for his attitude against the annexing of the Western Saharaeven if this motif did not appear in the official indictment, than his political activism.

After their arrest, Abdellatif Zeroual died, a victim of torture. From Abraham Serfaty to Nasser Zefzafi. Abraham Serfaty was born in in Casablanca, in what was then the French protectorate in Morocco, to a middle-class Jewish family.

There was a global movement to end authoritarian rule, war, poverty, racism and the nuclear threat in which primarily young people inspired by left-wing Marxist ideology, saw spreading political awareness as a duty.

He remained a member untilwhen he grew disillusioned with communist party bureaucracy, and formed the Marxist-Leninist organization known as Ila al-Amam.

It’s ironical, on reflection, that several figures who wrestled their countries away from foreign influence later used oppressive styles of government against their own people – like Hafez al-Assad in Syria, Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.

During segfaty time, he has been one of the many promoters of the new mining policy of the newly independent Morocco. He would have been Two drivers trek 3, kilometres across the desert, risking life and limb to deliver a payload against the clock. View my complete profile.


Described by his closest supporters as “the Moroccan Mandela”, Serfaty endured 17 years of imprisonment, torture and 13 years of exile for his political views, including his opposition to Morocco’s position on Western Sahara. Eight years after his exile and two months after the death of King Hassan IIhe was finally allowed by the new king to return to Morocco in Septemberand had his Moroccan passport restored to him.

Trying to find a home for your North African records? As he was again targeted for his continuing fight, Serfaty went underground in Marchwith one of his friends Abdellatif Zeroualwho was also wanted by the authorities. Of course as this generation of Moroccan Jews moves on, we lose more and more information about how the Jewish communities of Morocco once were.

Five years on, we revisit this story. I was 10 in when my father told me at the synagogue that ‘Zionism goes against our religion’. Retrieved from ” https: How the bombing of a busload of school children by Saudi-led coalition forces served as a backdrop to Yemen peace talks. Please email cbsilver at gmail. He remained active within them through his return to Morocco in and Moroccan independence in EuropeRussiaSaudi Arabia.

His anti-colonialist fight had him arrested and jailed by the French authorities, and in he was assigned a forced residence in France for six years.

PhilippinesInteractiveEnvironment. To find out more, click here. Retrieved 12 November Funeral at Casablanca Jewish cemetery of Abraham Serfaty.

Today is Liu Xiaobo’s birthday. Serfaty died in a clinic in the southern city of Marrakech, his wife Christine-Daure Serfaty said. When he returned to Abrham inhe joined the Moroccan Communist Party.

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He found a haven in France, with his wife, Christine Daure-Serfaty. Political activist who fell foul of the French colonial authorities as well as Morocco’s authoritarian King Hassan II”. Mostafa Bouazzaoui For almost his whole political career, Abraham Serfaty was a thorn on the side of authorities in Rabat, both during the days of French rule and later, under the reign of King Hassan II.


Serfaty died in Marrakech in November He then served seventeen years at the Kenitra prison, where, thanks to Danielle Mitterrand ‘s help, he was able to marry his biggest supporter, Christine Daure. Are you an artist at risk or know someone who is? After the warhe distanced himself from Israel and became a vocal advocate for the Palestinian resistance movementa burning issue that dominated discussion on Arab streets at the time.

Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn’t killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Abraham Serfaty, another influential Jewish Moroccan, died this week.

A radical who challenged all: Abraham Serfaty

Serfaty once famously told the media: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He was immediately expelled to France where he became well known in political circles before he was allowed to return to Morocco in For almost his abrahqm political career, Abraham Serfaty was a thorn on the side of authorities in Rabat, both during the days of French rule and later, under the reign of King Hassan II.

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