Morocco: boycott of Israeli dates
A few days before the beginning of Ramadan, dates from Israel are found on the shelves despite the boycott called for by the Association BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions). How does this fit with the calls for tolerance and exceptional interfaith coexistence?
Each year at the approach of Ramadan, dates take over the shops of Morocco. For many years, the Association BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) has been calling for a boycott campaign, to encourage Moroccan traders not to import the dates from Israel, despite their competitive quality.
However, this same association announced that it recently discovered the presence of Israeli origin dates on Moroccan shops, labeled as coming from South Africa. A reaction of the authorities is expected, with the application filed with ONSSA (National Health Security Office of food) to “remove these products from Morocco markets, and to warn citizens, by all existing channels “.
This boycott is called for just a week after a Moroccan tennis team did not show up for a game against Morocco. According to Israeli media, the selection of Morocco wheelchair tennis would have boycotted a match against the Israeli team.
According to the Israeli press, the Moroccan Disabled Sports selection did not show up on Thursday, May 26 during a game against the Israeli team in the World Championship that is taking place in Tokyo Japan.
Contacted by The Jerusalem Post, Israeli media, the International Tennis Federation (IFT) said it would take up the case and contact the Moroccan authorities to shed light on these events. “We will seize the Moroccan Tennis Federation a matter of urgency to establish the facts of this situation, and we will follow the appropriate regulations of the ITF wheelchair and the Constitution of the ITF, where appropriate, to determine appropriate action, “said a spokesman of the FTI.
The question remains, is this kind of attitude hurting Morocco’s image “a haven of peace, tolerance and exceptional interfaith coexistence in a world awash with hatred and intolerance”, as stated, on Monday in Rabat, by Head of government Abdelilah Benkirane.