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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Funeral at Casablanca Jewish cemetery of Abraham Serfaty. International pressure was enough sefaty Serfaty’s favor that he was finally released from prison in Septemberbut immediately banished from Morocco and deprived of his Moroccan nationality on grounds that his father was Brazilian.
He was sentenced solely on account of his political and literary activities. A long-time member of the communist party, Serfaty was first jailed by the Moroccan regime inwhen he accused the authorities of torturing him.
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. I was 10 inwhen my father told me at the synagogue that ‘Zionism goes against our religion. Serfaty died in MarrakechMorocco in November InteractiveChild rightsHuman Rights.
Abraham SerfatyCasablancaJewish cemetery. View my complete profile. The group was opposed by the monarchy of King Hassan II, and Serfaty was arrested and tortured inbut released following student protests.
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EuropeRussiaSaudi Arabia. In the s, while studying engineering in France, he joined several communist parties. The Journey from Agadir to Dakar. 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.
Part of the minority Jewish population in Moroccohe never embraced Zionism. Help PEN America protect and uplift their voices: His path as a political activist started very early: He was immediately expelled to France where he became well known in political circles before he was allowed to return to Morocco in What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?
His anti-colonialist fight had him arrested and jailed by the French authorities, and in he was assigned a forced residence in Serfahy for six years. Please email cbsilver serafty gmail.
A radical who challenged all: Abraham Serfaty
Years after Abraham Serfaty’s death inthe Arab Middle Abraahm is still grappling with many of the major issues that preoccupied him – searching for forms of government acceptable to people and politicians, free from outside influence, without media restrictions or powerful instruments of state.
Abraham Serfaty was a Moroccan Jewbut also an anti- Zionist Jew who did not recognize the State of Israel and was outraged by what he saw as the mistreatment of the Palestinians.
Serfaty died in a clinic in the southern city of Marrakech, his wife Christine-Daure Serfaty said.
This page was last edited on 13 Septemberat Serfxty the image of a democratic Israel is a fantasy. I was 10 in when my father told me at the synagogue that ‘Zionism goes against our religion’. Background to the holy wars and the First Crusade’s conquest of Jerusalem, a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims. This nomination did not stop him for asking, in Decemberthe then Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi to resign after the attacks on the independent newspapers and magazines and restrictions of their rights and freedom of speech.
ReligionChristianityIslam. He then settled at Mohammedia with his wife Christine in a house made available to them and even received a monthly stipend.
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Commenting has been disabled. 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. Two drivers trek 3, kilometres across the desert, risking life and limb to deliver a payload against the clock.
A product of his environment, he belonged to the freethinking era serfxty the s and 70s; and of the post-independence period when many Arab countries were freed from colonial rule. 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.
A Listening Post special marking 30 years since the publication of Manufacturing Consent and its relevance today. 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.
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Abraham Serfaty was born in Casablancainof a middle-class Jewish family originally from Tangier. Described by his closest supporters as “the Moroccan Mandela”, Serfaty endured 17 years of imprisonment, werfaty and 13 years of exile for his political views, including his opposition to Morocco’s position on Western Sahara.
He remained a member untilwhen he grew disillusioned with communist party bureaucracy, and formed the Marxist-Leninist organization known as Zbraham al-Amam. Again very little English language press.
Al-ShababKenyaWomen’s Rights. As a champion of universal human rights and democratic principles, Serfaty sits alongside the likes of Che GuevaraMartin Luther King and Patrice Lumumba. InSerfaty left the Communist Party, which he considered to be too doctrinarian and became deeply involved in the establishment of a Marxist-Leninist left-wing organization called ” Ila al-Amam ” En Avant in French, Forward in English.
Today I think of David Gorin’s PENamerican elegy and imagine Liu Xiaobo crossing a street in lower Manhattan even now, umbrella in one hand, phone in the other, googling the news, no one to stop him https: Are you an artist at risk or know someone who is? 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.