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I may be travelling to Morocco later this year. I am an American student (not Moroccan by birth, only by inherited citizenship) and my last name is Jewish.

With Morocco: predicting a "serious terror threat" in the coming months; the growing number of anti-semitic attacks in recent years; the fact that Morocco is a Muslim country, and the fact that I am American and Moroccans will easily detect that I am ethnically Jewish, is there any danger in travelling to Morocco? I am afraid of being involved in some terrorist plot, very afraid actually.

I would also like to know if Morocco is dangerous in general, for tourists.

By thw way, I would be going there four 4 days in April to take part in a math training camp for high school math contests. I don't know yet which city I would be going to, but I assume this camp will be held at a university.

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    What do you plan to do in Morocco? There's dangerous floods in the Atlas Mountains at the moment. There's a territorial dispute at the border. Road conditions are horrendous. Some of the remote regions have always been dangerous. More detail on your plans will produce more relevant results. – Gayot Fow Dec 5 '14 at 0:30
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    There are still some small Jewish communities in Morocco. While I haven't been there recently, I travelled there for a month shortly after the 9/11 terror attacks and found it very safe and friendly. – hippietrail Dec 5 '14 at 1:31
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    @blahblah you've edited back in the 'in general' part, but haven't addressed Gayot's concerns. Is America dangerous, in general? It depends on where you're going, parts of Detroit vs parts of Seattle will vary wildly. – Mark Mayo Dec 5 '14 at 3:23
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    Morocco among one of the very few Arab counties that has Jews among the population, Moroccan Jews are just living among the people with no problems. – Nean Der Thal Dec 10 '14 at 5:39
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    Rabat felt a lot safer than Casablanca and had less tourists than Marrakesh or Fez so fewer pickpockets etc that usually prey on tourists. But it still has an old Medina so has atmosphere and things to see. – hippietrail Dec 10 '14 at 5:58
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It is safe for you.

Jews have been part of the history of Morocco. Maybe they existed before Islam but they came to Morocco when they were expelled after Spain took back "Al Andalous" from Muslims, who returned to Morocco as well.

Nowadays, there are aren't as many because of migration to Israel (because of their beliefs they must go to what they call "home", as well as to enhance their quality of life). However, there is an important Jewish community still today in Morocco, and they don't encounter issues.

I can give you some examples of famous Jews in Morocco: Gad El Maleh, a comedian originally from Casablanca, popular with many Moroccans like him. Another of prominance is André Azolay, a consultant to the King.

To conclude, Moroccans do not have any problems with Jews; Jews are part of Morocco. The problems they have can be Israel as a country. But in Morocco, we don't confuse the two, Jews and Israel.

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    This type of short answer is typically discouraged on Stack Exchange. Could you extend it to a long answer? – Jan Dec 12 '16 at 22:26
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    Answer edited to add more arguments. – Mehdi Dec 13 '16 at 6:52
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It's not exactly the same, but...

My son's teacher recently visited Morocco. He's very visibly Jewish, and so is his name - and he hasn't had any trouble.

(The big difference, admittedly, is that he was actually born and raised in Morocco, and his family still lives there. Also, he was in Casablanca, whereas you mentioned in your comments that you're going to Rabat.)

You might do well to contact Chabad there for tips and suggestions.

  • I am sorry, but what does it mean to be visibly Jewish? Are you talking about hasidic jews? – Burhan Khalid Dec 13 '16 at 7:12
  • Many more Jews wear the distinctive kippa (yarmulke) than just Hasids. But as far as the original question, I know many Jews who have visited Morocco, and there were no problems other than those typical of tourism where the infrastructure is shaky and poverty beyond what they were used to. – Andrew Lazarus Sep 28 '18 at 22:36
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Serously, Moroccan Jews make 1/3 of Israel and you still think that we are Anti-Semite? We are originally a Jewish country before the coming of Islam. Lots of Jews still live here and lots of them come from Israel to spend their holidays in here each year. So no, you should pass by anytime you want.

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    Re your first sentence: One has to wonder, then, what exactly compelled all those Moroccan Jews to leave the country... – user438 Mar 15 '15 at 4:23
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    @user438, They have never been expelled, they went to israel by choice. There are also until today a lot of jews living in Morocco and as a Moroccan I have not to say welcome to them because they are home! – Mehdi Sep 28 '18 at 20:34

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