Skip to comments.Israeli Dates Flood Morocco in Ramadan
Posted on 09/25/2007 5:23:16 AM PDT by SJackson
Israeli Dates Flood Morocco in Ramadan
[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: The Islam Online correspondent is a bit weak on Old Testament references: "Bat Sheva - the Hebrew name of the town of Beersheba"]
Israeli Dates Flood Morocco in Ramadan
By Ahmad Hamouch, IOL (Islam Online) Correspondent Sat. Sep. 22, 2007
RABAT - Branded with Israeli trademark "Bat Sheva", Israeli dates are flooding Moroccan markets during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
"I found dates carrying Israeli trademark in the markets," Abdel-Jalil, a teacher, told IslamOnline.net Saturday, September 22.
Trademarked "Bat Sheva" - the Hebrew name of the town of Beersheba - the Israeli dates can been seen in abundance on the shelves in eastern and central Morocco.
The "Made in Israel" label is obviously seen on the packages.
"We used to buy dates from Arab countries such as Tunisia," said hajj Mohamed, a dates vendor.
"I myself would not buy dates produced by our enemy," he said.
The Israeli-Arab conflict dates back to the 1948 when well-armed Israeli militants bombarded Palestine and forced its natives into a panicky flight to establish the state of Israel.
The ties turned more sour after the 1967 Middle East War, when Israel occupied Palestinian Al-Quds (Arab East Jerusalem), the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights.
The results of the war affect the geopolitics of the region to this day.
Mohamed said some merchants are greedy and uncaring.
"They disrespect the sensibilities of Moroccans and are only after money," he said.
He said some retailers are baffling merchants like him and mix Israeli dates with Arab ones.
"The other day, I was shocked to know that some of the dates were made in Israel," he said.
Abdel-Jalil, the teacher, says merchants tend to remove the Israeli label and sell the dates as if they were made in Arab countries like Egypt.
"This is provocative," said Khaled Al-Sufiany, coordinator of the national group for the support of Iraq and Palestine.
"The pro-Israel camp is exploiting Ramadan and slam dunk a trade normalization on the laypeople," he added.
The advocates "are funding the Zionist regime to continue its daily crimes against the Palestinians," he said.
Morocco repeatedly denies any trade relations with Israel.
The North African kingdom closed its trade office in Tel Aviv and the Israeli trade office in Rabat following the outbreak of the 2000 Al-Aqsa intifada.
But non-government groups say that the two countries are having booming ties, especially in the agricultural field.
A recent report by Israel Export Institute said that Israeli exports to Morocco mushroomed by 5.3 percent in the first quarter of 2006.
Wow... Just wow...
I agree, unbelievable how they can lie like that.
Here's an Israeli date............
What a clueless maroon. The Arab dates wear hijabs.
That is a yummy date you got there.
The female Arab dates need a shave
I had a hard time making sense of the headline...my first guess was it had something to do with dating Noah's flood on the basis of new evidence found in Morocco, but couldn't figure out what Ramadan had to do with it.
I had to read the headline a couple of times to figure it out!
Oh great now the Jews control the days on the calender!!! What’s next? /s
Me too! I thought there was some kind of interest in Israelis going to Morocco for vacation!.............
I bet she could shoot the jihadi off a camel at 500 meters...................
Ahmad is either a big fat liar or incredibly ignorant.
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