Slamming BDS criticism, Moroccan minister denies commercial relations with Israel

The Moroccan BDS movement launched a special campaign at the beginning of the month of Ramadan calling on merchants not to sell Israeli dates.

June 29, 2016 12:28
1 minute read.
The pamphlet calling to boycott "Zionist dates"

The pamphlet calling to boycott "Zionist dates". (photo credit: ARAB SOCIAL MEDIA)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Brushing off criticism from the BDS movement for allegedly trading with Israel, a senior Moroccan minister has denied the existence of any commercial relations between his country and the Jewish state.

Asked during a parliament meeting about the popularity of Israeli dates in Morocco during the fasting month of Ramadan, the Minister of Foreign Trade, Mohammad Abu, answered: "The government has not given anyone any license to import dates or other Israel-originated products."

Abu added that the official figures regarding Morocco's international trade indicate that "Morocco has no commercial relations with this entity."

The Moroccan BDS movement launched a special campaign at the beginning of the month of Ramadan calling on merchants not to sell Israeli dates, urging the government to take a clear stance on the issue and take the required measures to prevent Israeli dates from entering Morocco.

"The government is decisively fighting to prevent any Israeli product from entering Morocco in an illegal way," Abu stated.

Mahdi Mazwari, a member of the Moroccan Parliament, issued a press statement regarding the Israeli-Moroccan trade relations, saying that the products entering Morocco from Israel are valued at $50 million dollars.

"It is impossible that such a quantity enters Morocco through smuggling," he said, calling on the government to apply the law that prohibits any commercial transactions with Israel and outlaws the import of any Israeli product.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

The knife belonging to the terrorist at the Tapuach junction
April 20, 2019
Stabbing attack thwarted by Border Police force in the West Bank