For Morocco’s partner in the Middle East – Israel – 2022 was an unprecedented year of grotesque human rights abuses directed towards Palestinians, which some might argue have come about following a sense of impunity emanating from Israel’s ‘normalization’ with Arab countries.
Israeli occupation forces demolished 950 Palestinian homes and confiscated more than 113,000 dunams (113 square kilometres) of land in 2022 in an effort to expand illegal Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, a Palestinian research centre said.
According to the Middle East Monitor (MEMO), The Land Research Centre, operating in Palestine, said in its annual report on “Israeli Violations Against Palestinian Land and Housing Rights for 2022” that the Israeli forces have also torched, ravaged, or attacked 18,900 trees, most of them olive trees.
The report noted that 65 of the homes were demolished by their owners under the orders of Israeli occupation forces.
Some 66 wells were also razed in addition to 3,707 dunums (3.7 square kilometres) of land and pastures.
“The Israeli occupation issued 114 new settlement plans on Palestinian lands, and began construction on more than half of them and built about 2,220 new housing units for the settlers,” it added.
The Palestinian centre warned that all these measures confirm that the Israeli government has decided to destroy all agreements and impose new realities on the ground, making the two-state solution impossible to achieve.
Morocco has a controversial proximity to Israel after signing the Abraham Accords, a move which has angered many Moroccans. Just recently some took to the streets in Rabat to protest, following Morocco’s own football team showing solidarity to them during the World Cup via a display of flags.