Every year, Israel exports millions of pounds worth of dates to the world, which many people buy and use to break their fasts. These dates are grown in illegal settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, on land that has been stolen from Palestinians. By buying these dates, we are in fact helping Israel to continue its occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people.
As a guide please avoid the following companies:
- Carmel – also under the names of Agrexco, Jordan Plains and Jordan Valley
- Hadiklaim – also under the names of King Solomon Dates and Jordan River
They also supply Israeli dates to supermarkets who market them under their own brand names. These include Marks & Spencer’s, Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, and Waitrose, often labelled as from West Bank or Jordan Valley.
The focus right now is encouraging shops, wholesalers and importers not to source their dates from Israel. The boycott movement is growing very quickly and more and more people will no longer buy dates that come from Israel.
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