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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Juive berbere de Goulmina - 1935


Blogger coastimage said...

I definitely love the jewels and hat they were wearing. They show how much Morocco is an african country.

Are there any jewish shleuh (this is how my father calls the berber) anymore? Were they reading the Torah in hebrew? I heard of the Samaritans in Israel/Palestine who dress like traditional arabs, pray on their knees and in arabic, like muslims, except they are jewish.

To keep commenting about sad realities, i also heard samaritan jews were more or less being taken as targets by the the israeli and palestinian military...

Were there no frontiers, I wonder how this world would be like. The amerindians and african ethnies were never familiar to the concept of defining boundaries to territories, given their belief that man belongs to the earth and not the opposite...

Thanks again for opening eyes.

I was speaking today with an algerian workmate of mine, and he was saying that my family were not fully moroccans given they were jewish. His argument was that the jews had always lived along the coasts of morocco, being people of trade and business.

I turned red (injustice is hard to bear) and explained to him that my grand mother had always felt more comfortable speaking arabic than french, that we celebrate the weddings and family gathering with honey pastries and nahnah tea, that the traditional wedding were taking place 5 during not so long ago.... And then I showed him some of the pictures you published here.

I think he was really surprised. And I felt relieved because he was really interested...

There is so much to say, but I think you got the point.


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Blogger JBB said...

The picture is reminiscent of sub-saharan africa for a reason given that Goulmima is at the edge of the Sahara desert and used to be on the commercial roads between northern and western africa. Most of the berber jews or jews in berber territory migrated in the late 50s and early 60s either to Israel or to urban areas in Morocco. You can still recognize their roots by their surnames like Ouhayon, Ouhanna, Ouaknine, Assouline, Amzalleg...
As for your last comment, ignorance is sadly prevailing thess days, hence the need for this kind of blogs. Here is another blog that is dedicated to moroccan jews and help bridge the gap between both jewish and muslim cultures and religions:

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