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Memories of AbsenceHow Muslims Remember Jews in Morocco$
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Aomar Boum

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804786997

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804786997.001.0001

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Between Hearsay, Jokes, and the Internet

Between Hearsay, Jokes, and the Internet

Youth Debate Jewish Morocco

(p.131) 6 Between Hearsay, Jokes, and the Internet
Memories of Absence

Aomar Boum

Stanford University Press

This chapter argues that in their views of Jews, Moroccan youth deploy a modern discourse largely based on hearsay and humor, and appropriates Western cultural references developing a new cultural model of knowledge. Younger generations are reproducing new Moroccan ideas about Jews by importing external religious and political thought and adapting them to the social, cultural, and historical realities of Moroccan society. In this process, cyberspace has become a vehicle for disaffected Moroccan youth to vent their political and social grievances over the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The chapter discusses the views of different university populations, including Islamists, Marxists, and Amazigh (Berber) representatives who have developed positive and negative memories of Jews as part of their own support of or grievances against the Arab-dominated state.

Keywords:   Humor, Rumor, Holocaust, anti-Semitism, Internet activism, university, Islamic parties, Berber, Marxist, Youth

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