Black Market Economics… Moroccan hashish suppliers ‘boycott Israeli dealers’ over Gaza war

Israeli smugglers losing ‘tens of millions of shekels’ after suppliers in Morocco’s Rif mountains withdraw sales in solidarity with Palestinians, says report

Moroccan hashish suppliers are refusing to sell to Israeli dealers in protest against the war in Gaza, according to a report in Israeli media on Friday.

The Israeli news site Mako cited several Israeli drug dealers complaining about the drop-off in trade.

“The hashish dealers in Morocco are not willing to sell us more hashish either directly or through intermediaries,” said one dealer.

“They decided that because of the war they are boycotting us. Since the war, we have lost a lot of money. Tens of millions of shekels at least.”

The outlet also quoted a Moroccan hashish dealer saying they were refusing to sell to Israelis over the war.

“Why is it possible for Israelis to make a living selling Moroccan hashish when our Palestinian brothers are suffering from hunger and living in inhumane conditions?” said the supplier based in the Rif Mountains, a hub for hashish growing.

“Go buy it somewhere else. We no longer sell hashish to Israelis – before the war, we did business here with Israelis… merchants came here and made good money, now that’s the end of it.”

According to the report, Moroccan authorities often turn a blind eye to hashish exports abroad, in exchange for bribes.

“At best, only a few hundred kilograms of Moroccan hashish reach Israel,” an Israeli dealer based in Morocco told Mako, referring to sales before the boycott.

The price of a kilogram of Moroccan hashish can reach 300,000 shekels ($8,172) in Israel. The demand for it in Israel is crazy because it is very high quality, clean and powerful,” they added.

The report stated that before the war, Israeli dealers operating in Morocco smuggled hashish using suitcases loaded onto cars and ferries from Tangier to nearby Spain, where it would then be distributed further afield.

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