Between eagerness and reluctance, the difficult economic cooperation between Morocco and Israel

If you ask for Israeli dates at the Derb Mila market in Casablanca, you will be told that there are none. The merchants, like Mohamed Al-Zagouri, will affirm that they have never happened to put them on sale, and that a customer has never asked them for them. These are dates from Arab countries – Morocco, Jordan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates – which are there to meet demand in this month of Ramadan.

It is precisely the Israeli dates that have been the subject of a call for a boycott in Morocco, to protest against the normalization of relations between Morocco and Israel. [signée en décembre 2020]. Behind this campaign is Sion Assidon, the Moroccan coordinator of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) campaign. Considered the main Moroccan campaigner for sanctions against Israel, he also has the Israeli shipping company ZIM in his sights.

Despite the denials of the Moroccan government, he asserts that medjoul [une espèce de dattes de gros calibre] had arrived from Israel. On the other hand, they would have been labeled as coming from a third country. Proof if any, according to Sion Assidon, that the mention “origin Israel” would not pass with Moroccan consumers.

Thus, trade between the two countries would not have experienced a significant increase since the signing of the standardization treaty. He recalls, however, that already before this treaty Israel exported certain products to Morocco, particularly in the agricultural sector – inputs, pesticides or seeds.

On the largest market in Morocco, in Derb Omar, in Casablanca, Ahmed Aït Al-Habib believes that it is not yet clear about the acceptance of Israeli goods, [et que les choses pourraient évoluer] given the logistical problems and the increase in demand around the world.

Still, customers, when they do not buy local products, ask for products from countries with which Morocco has a free trade agreement and which are

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