The King should apologize to this as soon as international Islamic ulama apologizes to Middle Eastern Christians for conquering their lands and forcing dhimmi status upon them. And will the Moors in turn apologize to the King for conquering Spain 700 years before they were expelled?
“King snubs Moroccan plea for apology,” from The Telegraph, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
Descendants of the Moors expelled from Spain 500 years ago failed to receive an apology from King Juan Carlos as he toured Morocco yesterday.
Residents of Tetouan, many of whose ancestors were driven from the Iberian peninsula by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, said an opportunity had been lost to heal an historic wound, which has become all the more sensitive in recent years.
Osama bin Laden has often talked of the tragedy of the loss of al-Andalus, the Moorish region of Spain. The terrorists who attacked Madrid last year, killing 192 people and wounding 1,900, spoke of Spain with the same sense of historic vengeance. Three million Muslims were expelled in 1501.
The king, who is on his first state visit to Morocco since 1979, cancelled his visit to Tetouan at the last minute. The official reason was lack of time but unofficially it appeared that sensitivities had arisen because Tetouan was the old Spanish colonial capital.
King Juan Carlos said in a speech earlier this week that the legacy of an Arab and Andalusian heritage was a key to “the positive image” in Spain of “Arabic culture and Islam”.
The king has apologised for the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, and the descendants of the expelled Moors say he owes Muslims the same respect.