Anti-Semites attack Jewish Moroccan Dutch woman


This 8 May 2017 video is about vandalism by anti-Semites against Jewish Moroccan Dutch woman Fatiha Chass Eddine in Apeldoorn city in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.

Translated from Dutch site Joop.nl:

May 8, 2017, last update 23:47

Victim of anti-Semitic action sent away by police

A Jewish woman threatened on Friday by anti-Semitic vandalism was sent away by police when she wanted to report. She was told at the police station in her city Apeldoorn that she had to make an appointment first and return on Monday. The woman was so shocked by the attack on her home that she did not dare to sleep at home on Friday night, she told Omroep Gelderland broadcasting organisation.

On May 5, Liberation Day [the day Hitler’s Wehrmacht occupying armed forces in the Netherlands surrendered], she found a carved star of David on the door of her basement box. Also, the word “whore” was painted on the wall. The woman told the housing association, but they did nothing until another resident complained. Jewish Fatiha Chass Eddine is of Moroccan origin. She has no idea who did this. The space in which the crime was committed is only accessible to apartment house residents.

Maltreated Moroccan vulture’s recovery


This video from Spain is called Effortless flight of griffon vultures.

From BirdLife:

2 May 2017

Freed from abuse, maltreated bird flourishes in Morocco

By Blandine Mélis and Jude Fuhnwi

A griffon vulture that was captured and mistreated by a group of young people in F’nideq, a town in northern Morocco, has reunited with other birds in the wild and [is] thriving. The captive vulture was freed following the timely intervention of BirdLife International’s partner in Morocco, and is currently being monitored closely by conservationists of the organisation’s office in the area.

The bird, identified as M13 was first discovered alongside four other depleted fawn vultures in the Jbel Moussa area by officers from the country’s High Commission for Water, Forests and the fight against Desertification. Popular for its strategic location south of the Strait of Gibraltar, Jbel Moussa is found on the route of migrating birds flying in from the Iberian Peninsula to sub-Saharan Africa. This key biodiversity area is being monitored regularly by workers of BirdLife International’s Partner in Morocco, the Groupe de Recherche pour la Protection des Oiseaux au Maroc (GREPOM).

The five fatigued griffon vultures were immediately taken to the Rabat zoological park, where they were treated. These birds were later tagged with wing marks and transmitters placed on them in order to use a radio receiver and antenna to monitor them. As part of the 2017 world wetlands day events, the birds were released into their natural environment on 07 February, at the Jbel site where they were first found.

One of the adults, a male, that was tagged M13 eventually flew into the F’nideq urban area in search of food, but was captured and mistreated by a group of unidentified young people near the city on 11 February. Images showing the poor treatment of this bird went viral in the media nationwide. Field workers from GREPOM with assistance from state agents in the city of Tétouan immediately intervened through a rescue operation and recovered the bird.

“The M13 vulture incident created an outcry in Morocco and efforts by GREPOM to save it attracted the interest of diverse media. Through the wide media coverage, we reached out to a large proportion of the public, including people who did not care about environmental issues before. It had a direct impact on public opinion and people were educated about the importance of conserving birds, which is a key focus of our strategy,” said Adil Boulahia, Communication officer at GREPOM.

The King’s Attorney General opened an investigation to determine the circumstances under which the bird was captured and to identify those responsible for the act. This incident triggered debates at national level on the issue of wildlife abuse, and mobilized civil society groups active in bird and biodiversity conservation. Many people became aware of the laws relating to the conservation of birds, and there was also a remarkable mobilization of local authorities for the cause.

“It was a starting point towards a long-term change in harmful behaviour towards birds. It also prepared the ground for GREPOM to raise awareness through campaigns and develop large scale conservation programmes, as the public is more receptive to the cause and more familiar with GREPOM and the work that we do in this area,” added Adil.

One month after the M13 vulture was freed, experts say the bird has regained strength and has been sighted often with his brother, M14.

“I last saw M14 on 20th March heading north with a group of other vultures. Of the five vultures released, at least two of them can be sighted above the mountain. Until April 25th, they were spotted among a hundred other wild vultures flying high and their marks were illegible,” explained Rachid El Khamlichi, Monitoring Coordinator of GREPOM’s northern unit.

With this achievement, GREPOM looks forward to funding opportunities that can provide donations for the monitoring of vultures, in order to support the success of this project.

Moroccan authorities are working closely with GREPOM and other partners to conserve the species in the area and effectively coordinate the protection, rehabilitation and monitoring of vultures.

For many years now, GREPOM has been collecting observation data on the behaviour and adaptation of birds, and has continued to raise awareness and educate local populations on bird conservation issues. This has achieved positive results towards convincing locals that vultures are important birds that provide numerous services to humans and the ecosystem. In 2016, more than twenty young people showed their commitment to protect vultures and participated in setting up a feeding site for the birds.

Geert Wilders’ anti-Moroccan racism


Wilders cartoon

In this Dutch Geert Wilders cartoon, the signposts say ‘To the right’, ‘Further to the right’, and, finally as he falls into the abyss ‘FPÖ‘ (the Austrian far-right party, founded by ex-members of Hitler’s nazi party, with which Wilders cooperates now).

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Muslims condemn Wilders for calling Moroccans ‘scum’

Monday 20th February 2017

MUSLIM groups in the Netherlands slammed far-right leader Geert Wilders’s latest racist outburst against Moroccan immigrants yesterday.

The Party for Freedom leader, who hopes to become prime minister in the March 15 general election, made the comments at his first campaign rally in the town of Spijkenisse on Saturday.

He promised to crack down on “Moroccan scum,” whom he claimed the authorities allowed to “run riot.” “

Not all are scum, but there is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe,” Mr Wilders said, surrounded by a heavy police escort.

“If you want to regain your country, if you want to make the Netherlands for the people of the Netherlands, your own home, again, then you can only vote for one party.”

Umbrella group Contact Organ Muslims and Government director Ebubekir Ozture called Mr Wilders’s comments “reprehensible,” but added Moroccans and Muslims were used to his racist rhetoric.

Mr Wilders was convicted in absentia last year of hate speech for a talk he gave before the 2014 local elections.

He asked the audience if they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the country, to which they chanted “Fewer!” — and he replied “I’ll take care of it.”

Abdou Menebhi of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Migration and Development, who made one of many complaints about the 2014 speech, said: “Wilders is not going to stop.

“He is still spreading hate and discriminating against Moroccans and Muslims.”

Moroccan girls not punished for kissing each other


This video says about itself:

4 November 2016

Two teenage Moroccan girls are facing jail time after they were caught kissing #FreeTheGirls

Fortunately, these girls are not going to jail.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Acquittal for kissing Moroccan girls

Today, 13:57

Two Moroccan girls who stood trial in Marrakesh because they had kissed each other have been acquitted. The teenagers were suspected of homosexuality. The judge ruled that the two should go back to their parents.

The girls, 16 and 17 years old, were arrested in October, after the mother of one of the teens had reported them. She had found on her daughter’s phone a picture of the girls kissing each other.

After the two were arrested, the mother said she was sorry that she had reported her daughter. At that time, the case could not be stopped any more. The judge ruled that the parents of the girls should pay the costs.

A lot of attention

The case sparked outrage in Morocco. In that land sometimes gay men are on trial, but it was the first time that two girls were persecuted for that reason.

Human rights organizations from at home and abroad wanted the authorities to drop the charges. That has not happened, but all that attention led to the girls being acquitted, according to correspondent Sjoukje Rietbroek.

Yellow-legged gull video


This 28 November 2016 video shows yellow-legged gulls (often amidst other gull species).

I was privileged to see yellow-legged gulls, eg, in Morocco.

Stop persecuting Moroccan girls for kissing each other


Moroccans demonstrate for LGBTQ rights, AFP photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Moroccans outraged about prosecution of kissing girls

Today, 14:56

In Morocco, a case of two teenage girls who are prosecuted because they have kissed each other has led to much outrage. The girls, 16 and 17 years old, are suspected of having had sex with someone of the same sex. For that they may get a prison sentence of up to three years.

The teens ended up in jail after the mother of them had gone to the police. The woman went to the police after she had seen on her daughter’s phone a picture of the girl kissing a girlfriend. The two were arrested immediately and are on trial today in Marrakech city for “deviant sexual behaviour”.

Human rights organizations say this is a shame and say that the authorities should drop the charges. “A Moroccan organization is campaigning for the girls,” says correspondent Sjoukje Rietbroek. “That says something, because that organisation does not often fight for the rights of LGBT people.”

Afraid

Human Rights Watch also finds it incomprehensible that the teenagers are prosecuted. “They may have to go to jail because they showed affection for each other,” says a spokesman. In the North African country more often men are prosecuted for homosexuality. It would be the first time that women appear in court in such a case.

The mother who indicated her daughter now says she regrets her action. “But she has figured that out a little too late,” said Rietbroek. “The case is now already in court.”

On December 9 there will be the verdict. “Because there is so much attention from home and abroad for the case it is likely things will end up well for the girls.”

Egyptian vultures discovered in Morocco


This video says about itself:

11 December 2015

The communal roost of Egyptian Vultures (Neophron percnopterus) found in the Middle Atlas, Morocco. For more details see here and here.

This video says about itself:

Communal roost of the Egyptian Vultures (Neophron percnopterus) found in Morocco in June 2014.

The roost hosted 40 vultures of different ages, and the birds were roosting in small groups consisting of 3-12 individuals each. This video shows only one part of the roost.a group of 6 vultures.

The recording was made from a great distance using a coupler with a telescope (by Rachid El Khamlichi).

See also here.