Researcher Urge Morocco to Promote its Islam in Europe to Prevent

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Rabat – While the Europe’s latest terrorist incidents have triggered a wave of racist attacks and violence against Moroccan Muslims, Driss El Ganbouri, a writer, politician, and Islamic Studies researcher, has blamed Morocco of not sufficiently promoting its cultural and religious values among the Moroccan diaspora in Europe.Several Muslims, including Moroccan nationals, have experienced verbal and physicalracist assaults following the recent terror attacks in Spain, Finland, and Belgium.During an interview with Moroccan news outlet, Hespress, El Ganbouri explained thatthe latest attacks have worsened the diaspora’s situation in Europe. He emphasizedthat such terrorist acts have distorted the image of Moroccans living abroad, givingnegative impressions about Islam and Moroccans. El Ganbouri, who is also a politician and writer, went on to add that “human behaviorsare measured nowadays through specific criteria, including ethnic affiliation, culturalbackgrounds, and religious values,” an issue which has “unfortunately become atendency in the modern European culture.”The researcher pointed out also how exclusionary policies might pose a threat to thestability of the European countries. “Convicting a certain nationality or a specificcategory of immigrants because of crimes committed by other delinquents might leadto a kind of social and cultural exclusion among a category of people that represent alarge community in Europe,” he said.“This exclusion might increase extremism among people under pressure as apsychological reaction.”El Ganbouri said that Europeans do not want to admit the failure of their integrationpolicies and the mistakes they have made in managing immigration issues. “Therefore,”he said, “they [Europeans] resort to blaming foreigners for their mistakes.”The politician said that it is impossible to exclude Morocco from responsibility. Ganbouribelieves that the kingdom did not pay much attention to its diaspora, and wasinterested in economic matters more than anything else.“The kingdom delayed the issue of Moroccan immigrants, and has been dealing withthem in the past decades as a workforce who work in the European stocks and comeback every summer to rest after a long year of hard work,” he said. “Morocco is moreinterested in the immigrants’ hard currency instead.”El Ganbouri claimed that the kingdom did not invest in the cultural, social, and religiousneeds of its diaspora, leaving its emigrants to deal with these issues by themselves.“This approach was undertaken only recently under the instruction of Europeangovernments in order to fight extremism.”He continued that “while Morocco neglects its diaspora’s issues, there were other Araband Muslim countries moving in full swing to handle the problems of its citizens. Today,Morocco is far behind these countries.”

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