For the first time, an Israeli novel has been translated into Arabic in Morocco and will be sold in Moroccan bookstores.

The groundbreaking novel, A Girl in a Blue Shirt, was written by Gabriel Bensimhon of the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University.

The novel, published by Yediot Books in 2013, tells the love story of an immigrant boy from Morocco and an Israeli girl who is in love with a Holocaust survivor. It takes place against the background of the early years of the State of Israel and the influx of immigrants from Morocco.

The book was chosen for translation by Mohamed Elmedlaoui of the Mohammed V University of Rabat and was translated by his student, Ayashi Eladraoui.

“I grew up in the town of Sefrou in Morocco until I immigrated to Israel at the age of 10,” recounted Bensimhon.

“As an academic, I have studied Moroccan culture extensively. There was always a warm corner in my heart for the rich and multifaceted aspects that characterize the Moroccan culture. As a Moroccan Jew, I feel that I have come to realize a dream: the fact that my works are read in my hometown is a source of great personal pride.”

The news follows the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Morocco and Israel in December.

This article was first published by Israel21C.

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