Israelis celebrate the Mimouna

As Passover comes to an end, hundreds of thousands of Israelis held the traditional Moroccan end-of-Passover Mimouna celebrations on Saturday night.

“We’ve had a peaceful and joyful holiday, thanks to the IDF soldiers and the Shin Bet who kept us safe, and thanks to the government led by the Likud party,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a Mimouna celebration at the Dahan family home in Yavne. “After Passover, it’s time to enjoy the wonders of the mufleta (a Moroccan pastry).”

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Attorney Meir Dahan from Yavne, who opened his door to the prime minister, said ahead of the celebrations that he “hopes over 2,000 people come. We’ve invited people of all ethnic groups and all nationalities – Druze and Arabs, and even from the LGBT community. Everyone will be here.”

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein were also invited to Dahan’s home.

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Culture Minister Miri Regev attended Mimouna celebrations in Ashkelon. “I’m glad that the Moroccan ethic group was able to turn the Mimouna into a national holiday in which we open our homes to the entire nation of Israel. The abundance and the hospitality of this holiday lead to unity and joy among the people of Israel,” she said.

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Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan expressed hope that the Mimouna will also end without any unusual incident. He thanked the thousands of police officers on behalf of Israelis celebrating across the country, “for their amazing work throughout the holiday and even now, during the Mimouna, they are out on the streets of Israel protecting us.”

Former president Shimon Peres attended Mimouna celebrations in Tel Aviv, hosted by the Malka family. “The Mimouna is a holiday that unites the entire nation of Israel and all ethnic groups. We deserve to be happy, eat muffalettas and sing loudly,” he said.

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The Mimouna celebrations on the day after Passover originated in Jewish communities in North Africa, primarily in Morocco.

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