“A fighter of principles”, “a political prisoner who did not change”, “one of the Moroccan democratic and progressive leaders”, many testimonies accompanied the departure of the political and human rights activist Ismaili, or Ismail, Abdel Moumni.
The deceased was one of the flags of the National Union of Popular Forces, and one of the victims of the “Years of Lead”, was characterized by his closeness to the assassinated federal flag bearer, Omar Ben Jelloun, before leaving the “Socialist Union” . ” ship in protest, to be among the founders of the most prominent Moroccan human rights associations, the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, then the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights.
The Federal National Congress Party, Ismailin Abdel Moumni, lamented saying that “during the years of the embers, he knew all forms of restrictions, expulsion from work and detention, and throughout his generous life he remained a fighter on several fronts against tyranny, committed all the just causes of the Moroccan people, among which democracy and social justice stand out, and confronted Solid in several stations for all forms of deviation and opportunism”.
Last June, Ismail Abdelmoumni was one of the human rights figures honored by the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights, during its eleventh national conference.
nest out of focus
Muhammad al-Siktawi, a human rights activist, lamented Ismail Abd al-Momani and said that “a fighter of high morals, he continued to cling to the embers of values and principles, he planted more than one rose in the orchard of the motherland.” , adorned the darkness with the light of hope, walked the night with a town dress and sparks of fire under his feet, and he did not change.
Al-Siktawi stated, in a statement to Hespress, that the deceased “suffered a lot, but was not shaken by the repression and intimidation, and after he was released at a later stage, he continued his democratic struggle.”
The same spokesman stated that Abdelmoumni “was initially working as director of the Moroccan publishing house, a house owned by the Socialist Union of Popular Forces, and it was the one that printed the Al-Moharer newspaper and the Socialist Union newspaper above the institution. he money, and he had clashes in this regard with influential figures of the party, and he never accepted that this house was a source of some kind of income for the benefit of some militants”. house to preserve his integrity and not accept any compromise regarding his choices, his struggle and the values he was raised on. She is a much loved figure, a brave fighter who expresses her opinion no matter how painful it may be, she was firmly committed to the values and principles and loyalty to the history of the fighting movement to which she belonged, and never wavered. of that path of struggle.
The statement continues: “The deceased was one of the initiators in the first rows of the founding of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, and later of the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights (…) and if his political work was relaxed, he raised the level of his struggle in the human rights movement, and he gave fighters of his caliber, like Muhammad al-Hayhi in a way, specifically, a model for the human rights fighter who doesn’t mix politics with truth, but who It has always been victorious for the human being, and it fights for the Moroccan people, especially for the people who suffer from work and poverty, in a life worthy of a people who have made many sacrifices in their history.
Al-Siktawi concluded his statement by saying that Ismail Abdel-Momani “worked away from the limelight and in return shed his light on all around him with sincerity and example, and was a model for generations of educators on integrity, integrity . and objectivity.”
Maati Monjib, a historian and university professor, said that the late Al-Alam “was an employee of the Ministry of Justice, and from his youth he joined the National Union of Popular Forces, until he became part of its administrative committee, and was very close to the radical leadership of the party linked to Omar Benjelloun, who was a union leader at the Post Office and later became a lawyer, because they belonged to the same area, and were close friends and colleagues.”
During the years of radical political work, Monjib claimed that “Ismaine was arrested and tortured on the way to Moulay Sharif, and among those arrested was Al-Wadi’ Al-Safi”.
The same historian also invoked the position of the late politician against “the direction of the Union leadership to approach the regime, after the tendency was to overthrow the regime and change it to the democratic system, and against not withdrawing after rigging the elections.” . ; He froze his movement within the Moroccan left.
“A real fighter”
Abd al-Rahim al-Turani, a writer and journalist, described the deceased as a “real and authentic fighter”, and spoke of his “arrest” for his political work and positions, and his expulsion from his job in the “Ministry of Justice” after the public services strike of 1961, and also focused on his “closeness to the martyr Omar Benjelloun because of his belonging to the eastern region, and his greater affiliation with principles”.
Al-Turani added: “When the leadership of the Union was assigned the task of managing the Moroccan publishing house, which was owned by the party, Moumni tried to bring this ancient institution out of the imbalances and crises that threatened it with bankruptcy, especially as he came to know the origin of the defect and the disease, and found that it had been transformed From the accounts of the printing press, there are sums in the millions for the benefit of a high leader in the party, with no practical connection with the institution.”
“Here Si Ismail could only close the ‘tap’ to the beneficiary unfairly at the expense of salaried workers, mostly federal militants and former political prisoners, who were asked for more sacrifice and patience, and sometimes do not even receive their full salary” , Yazid, the same speaker.
Al-Turani also invoked “Abdel-Momani’s attempt to preserve the dignity of the printing workers by resolving their conditions,” continuing: “Ismail Abd al-Moumni was one of those who saw the imbalances of the Union Party from an early age. early. and he left, before the exits were like the owners of the Vanguard Party, and before the destiny of the party was what it is today “.
Al-Turani explained Ismail Abdel Moumni’s withdrawal from political parties and his dedication of his last years to the defense of human rights by saying: “He was a radical fighter, not like the fighters of political calculations, and he was an honest man.” clinging to his ideas.”