Lawyers in Morocco sue over normalization with Israel

Deal with Israel contrary to Morocco's Constitution, international legitimacy, UN and Vienna conventions.

Lawyers in Morocco sue over normalization with Israel

A group of lawyers in Morocco applied to the Supreme Court on Monday demanding a reversal of the country’s normalization deal signed with Israel.

The lawyers requested the annulment of all decisions that envision normalization with Israel in political, diplomatic, economic and tourism spheres.

They added that the decisions that have been taken with the aim of the normalization process are against the general regime of Morocco as well as against the Constitution, the United Nations Convention, international legitimacy and the Vienna conventions.

Morocco and Israel agreed to normalize relations in a deal brokered with US help earlier this month. 

As part of the deal, the US recognized Morocco's sovereignty over the Sahara region, a disputed region claimed by both Rabat and the Algeria-backed Polisario Front.

Rabat says the move is not normalization but rather a resumption of official relations that began in 1993 but were suspended in 2002.

After the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan, Morocco became the fourth Arab country to normalize ties with Israel in 2020. Jordan and Egypt also established relations with the Jewish state in 1994 and 1979 respectively.

Palestine as well as many other countries are critical of the so-called "peace agreements."

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