Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel" Freedom Award given posthumously to late HM King Mohammed V is a recognition of the "deep convictions" and "brave actions" of the late Sovereign, said Moroccan Ambassador-at-Large Serge Berdugo.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel" Freedom Award, given posthumously to late HM King Mohammed V.
Presenting the award to HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, on behalf of the students, staff and executives of the prestigious Kivunim Institute, co-chair of the conference of the graduates of this institute, Eliana Lauter, recalled that Late HM King Mohammed V objected the racist laws of the Vichy government, expressing his "firm opposition" to any segregation between his subjects regardless of their religions.
Late HM King Mohammed V is a revered hero not only to all Moroccans, but also to all peoples yearning for freedom and dignity, HM King Mohammed VI said in a message on the occasion of the award ceremony, held here Sunday, of the "Martin Luther King Jr.
As its first recipient, you have chosen to honor - tonight and for eternity - His Late Majesty King Mohammed V, the revered hero not only to all Moroccans, but also to all peoples yearning for freedom and dignity all of which are deeply rooted in our time-honored identity, which is open to the whole world, an identity the Kingdom of Morocco has constantly nurtured by building on the rich, diverse components of its society", the Sovereign underlined in this message, read by HM the King's Advisor, Andr Azoulay.
By reminding the world, from this city of New York, that although the power of His Majesty King Mohammed V was drastically constrained by the implacable realities of the French protectorate at a time when France itself was under Nazi occupation, he refused to allow the racist laws of the Vichy government to be applied to Moroccan citizens of Jewish faith".