September 29, 2009 – New York – Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has bestowed one of his country’s highest honors on Jason Isaacson, AJC’s director of government and international affairs. Isaacson was named a Knight of the Order of the Throne of the Kingdom of Morocco.
The ceremony took place during a dinner in Isaacson’s honor at the New York residence of Ambassador Mohammed Loulichki, Morocco’s ambassador to the UN. Moroccan officials taking part in the ceremony included Foreign Minister Taieb Fassi Fihri and Ambassador-at-large Serge Berdugo. AJC senior leadership also attended.
“Through political reform and reconciliation, through its determined stand against extremism, through its continued protection of religious minorities, Morocco has proven again and again its friendship, its strength, its principles,” Isaacson said on accepting the knighthood. “Today, our hopes again are invested in Morocco, and specifically in His Majesty King Mohammed VI, a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammed -- as a beacon of tolerance and moderation, as an unwavering defender of the values that underlie the three great Abrahamic faiths, as a true champion of peace.”
Isaacson manages AJC’s extensive diplomatic outreach around the world, and has played a key role in developing AJC’s cooperative relationships with Morocco and a number of Arab countries across the Middle East and North Africa.