An estimated 10,000 Moroccans marched down Rabat’s city center to demonstrate support for Palestine and strong opposition of Donald Trump’s proposed “Peace Plan”.
Lede: The Moroccan government and its citizens have established a clear stance opposing the U.S. proposed “Peace Plan” for Palestine and Israel.
Key Background: Spearheaded by Jared Kushner, the Trump Administrations “Deal of the Century” has been opposed by Palestinian leaders and their Moroccan allies. The deal, which would recognize Palestine as an independent state, comes with many restrictions that some argue heavily favor the Israeli state. The two most prevalent being the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the legal recognition of Israeli settlements in the West Bank under international law.
Why this is newsworthy: Morocco respectfully dismissed the U.S. led “Peace Plan” in support of Palestine despite potential political gains between the Monarchy and the Trump Administration. With support from Morocco and other Arab states, Palestine may have more agency in negotiating future agreements and gaining statehood free from restrictive U.S. policies.
Contractural teachers continue striking and plan a four day sit-in to demand equal rights and security to those of government employees.
Lede: Teacher’s Unions organize nation-wide strikes condemning fixed term contracts and demanding integration into the public sector, a transition that would guarantee improved working conditions and economic stability for many.
Key Background: Starting in 2016, many teachers were hired under annually renewable contracts despite fierce opposition. Unions such as the Democratic Confederation of Labor argue that contracted teachers face wage cuts, reduced vacation time, and employment instability while teachers hired into the public sector receive greater protections.
Why this is newsworthy: If contracted teachers can negotiate integration into the public sphere they will be eligible for increased job stability which they argue are essential to a successful education system in Morocco.
Highway to be built between Rabat and Casablanca
Lede: Due to extreme congestion on the existing motorway connecting Casablanca and Rabat, the Moroccan National Motorway Company (MNMC) had announced plans to construct a new highway linking the two imperial cities.
Key Background: The majority of the current highway between Casablanca and Rabat contains only two lanes. With an average of 65,000 vehicles per day commuters face heavy traffic and frequent slow downs. With the congestion also comes decreased air quality, frequent motor accidents, and increased emissions from slow moving cars.
Why this is newsworthy: The new highway, estimated to be running by 2024, would increase safety and improve commutes for thousands of Moroccans and visitors. The project’s initial plan estimated completion in 2030 but the rapid increase of traffic pushed the MNMC to expedite construction.