Why would a Jew become an Islamist? Because he despairs of the state of Moroccan politics. But will the PJD party accept Isaac Charia as a member? This is an opportunity for party leader Abdelilah Benkiran, who is also Prime Minister, to show his 'moderate' credentials. (With thanks: Michelle)
Diversity Watch reports:
In a first, Isaac Charia, a Moroccan Jewish lawyer who is based in Rabat, submitted an application to join the Moroccan Islamist political party "PJD"
Mr. Charia said that he was a supporter of the party's agenda and that he wanted to join in order to work for change and to help the party in its efforts to fight corruption and improve transparency in governance and politics.
Despite being a small community in Morocco, many Moroccan Jews are active in politics, from the halls of the royal palace to the grassroots work in political parties.
'I would rather a competent Jew over my incompetent Muslim party members' - Benkiran (with thanks: Noam)
'What you see is what you get' - an assessment of PM Benkiran by blogger Noam Nir