Opening of Israel news channel in Morocco prompts backlash

Employees of I24, work at the news channel's headquarters in the Israeli port city of Jaffa near Tel Aviv, on July 15, 2021. - I24 News which went live on July 17, 2013, is an Israeli international 24-hour news channel that broadcasts in French, English and Arabic. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP) (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP via Getty Images)

A decision by Israel's i24News to open two offices in Morocco has caused widespread anger among the local media and members of the public. The offices in Rabat and Casablanca are thought to be the first instances of an Israeli media company operating in the kingdom, since Morocco agreed to resume diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv as part of the wider US-brokered Abraham Accords signed in 2020. The move follows the opening of a Dubai office in the UAE last summer, which along with Bahrain were the first Arab states to sign the normalisation agreement in Washington. According to Middle East Eye (MEE), the owner and director of the channel have Moroccan roots. The father of Franck Melloul, the channel's […] Source

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