Jews first began to settle in Morocco over 2,000 years ago and for centuries they and Muslims have happily co-existed there. Morocco was once home to the largest Jewish community in the Arab world and at its peak had a quarter of a million Jews. But after Israel was founded in 1948, things changed. Fear that Morocco's eventual independence from France would lead to the persecution of the country's Jews, plus a desire to bolster Israel's population, led to a large-scale emigration movement.
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