Like every Ramadan, Israeli dates sold on the Moroccan market give rise to controversy. This year is no exception, and dates from Israel are still popular, except that most traders prefer to sell them on the sly.
In Casablanca and neighboring towns, these dates (Medjoul or Majhoul) are sold 180 dirhams per kilogram against 150 dirhams for Moroccan dates of the same kind.
In some Casablanca businesses, Israeli dates even reach 200 dirhams per kilogram. “The packaging and quality are for many,” says the trader in an upscale neighborhood of the economic capital of Morocco.
Officially, Morocco and Israel do not maintain relations, but this does not prevent trade of tens of millions of dollars and tourist flows by the thousands every year.