Morocco in an uproar over Israeli dates

Sunday, September 23, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Moroccan Muslims have responded with astonishment and fury after learning that Israeli dates are being sold at markets throughout their country.

Dates from Israel's Bat Sheva produce company have been found on shelves in nearly every large city in Morocco over the Ramadan holy month. The packages clearly and boldly carrying the words “Produce of Israel.”

A number of consumers interviewed in the capital city of Rabat by expressed outrage that “Israeli dates” are being mixed with and sold among their own “Arab dates,” and accused local shop owners of being unscrupulous by allowing the Israeli produce onto their shelves.

Morocco broke official trade relations with Israel at the start of the latest Palestinian terrorist uprising in 2000, but non-governmental organization say ties between the two countries on an unofficial level remain strong, particularly in the field of agriculture.

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