Algerian political analyst Fateh Ben Hamou criticized an article published by the Algerian Army magazine, which included some historical stations in the region, accusing neighboring Morocco of “treason”, in light of an atmosphere of tension between the two countries.
The Algerian Army magazine had devoted two pages in its last issue, to talking about these historical stations, as it said that there is a neighboring country “moving and working against Algeria, which has not hidden its malice and hatred not only from today, but throughout centuries.”
Useless campaigns and their results are scandalous
On page 28, under the heading, “Full campaigns and their results are scandalous,” the magazine asked, “Who betrayed the Numidian hero Jugurtha in 104 BC, and handed him over to Rome to be killed? Wasn’t Bocuse the king of tsarist Mauritania? Morocco now.”
And she continued: “Who turned against Emir Abdelkader in December 1847 and allied himself with the French enemy to besiege him? Wasn’t it Sultan Moulay Abderrahmane the Moroccan, who betrayed the five leaders and trumpeted them to France in October 1956, when their plane was heading from Morocco to Tunisia? Wasn’t he the crown prince of Morocco? And whoever attacked our country in October 1963 and its wounds are still bleeding for occupying the cities of Tindouf and Bashar and annexing them to his kingdom, wasn’t it the Commander of the Faithful, King Hassan II?”
The Algerian political analyst, Fateh Benhamo, said in statements to Al-Hurra website that the timing of publishing this comment was “wrong.”
Adding that the country’s borders are already “on fire”, in reference to what is happening in Libya, which borders Algeria to the east, “and there is no need for more complications.”
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Benhamou believes that diplomacy “must frame” the relations between Algeria and Morocco.
He said, “There are ambassadors to talk about these matters, and the Army magazine does not have to delve into these files.”
He added, “I do not see the point in talking about historical differences now, although there are stations mentioned in the article that actually occurred.”
But he pointed out that “historians, not the Army Journal, should deal with it.”
Benhamou pointed out that the magazine did not only address the dispute with Morocco, but also talked about what is happening inside, especially the popular movement.
For his part, Othmani Belkacem, professor of political sciences at the University of Algiers, believes that what was mentioned in the Army magazine, “came at a stage when Algeria felt that something was being planned against it.”
In statements to Al-Hurra website, Belkacem said that the Algerian army “is in the process of carrying out the tasks entrusted to it, which is to protect the country.”
Noting that “it is necessary to put what was mentioned in the magazine in its context, because the army leadership believes that the country is a target, and I personally do not consider its suspension as an interference in diplomacy.”
But the historical narrative referred to by the magazine “is not based on any objective scientific basis,” according to Moroccan political analyst Khaled Al-Shayat.
Al-Shayat, in an interview with Al-Hurra website, was surprised by the “focus of the Army magazine’s article on historical stations,” and said that it was a “funny and weeping thing,” describing what was mentioned in it as “malicious propaganda.”
Al-Shayat wondered about the “scientific body that proved these facts,” and said that the Algerian army “wanted to be understood in everything, and Prime Time Zone only see what they see.”
He also dismissed a question about the real reasons behind what he described as “the Algerian army’s pursuit of this field of knowledge that is far from it.”
Al-Shayat affirms that “historically, Morocco and Algeria were within an integrated region, at a time when there were no states.”
“They want to give the impression that Algeria is a country that has existed for a long time, but the reality is that it is a modern country,” he said.
Al-Shayat mentioned, in the context, “Morocco’s support for the Algerians during their struggle against the French (1954-1962), and before that during the Algerian popular resistance to France during the 19th century,” recalling the Battle of Isli in 1844.
There was no official Moroccan reaction to what was stated in the Army magazine, while the Moroccan newspaper “Hispress” website described what was mentioned in the Algerian Army magazine as “faking history.”
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