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I was shocked to learn that Israel is a major producer and exporter of dates to the European market!

They are grown in the Jordan Valley, West Bank, and are the most profitable crop of the illegal Israeli settlers, who exploit the desperate poverty of their Palestinian workers – including children – with appalling working conditions. One company, Carmel Agrexco, even boasted about producing an early crop in time for Ramadan!

Imagine: to be proud that Muslims are breaking their fast with such blood-soaked dates. A product of illegal, oppressive apartheid!

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How very, very, very sad… and sick.

Watch the videos below the sleeve to learn more:

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Information from the Inminds Campaign Website:

What else can we do?

*** BUY PALESTINIAN DATES ***
http://zaytoun.org

  • Post this information onto your websites, blogs and forward onto your contacts.
  • Join the event on Facebook, and invite others.
  • If you spot these brands in your local shops, complain to the owner (download sample letter of complaint, produced by Inminds) – ESPECIALLY IF THE SHOP IS MUSLIM-OWNED!
  • If you spot these brands in someone’s house, POLITELY point out their origin. Most Muslims don’t know about this (I didn’t), and would not have bought these dates if they had known. So please be polite.
  • Remember our Palestinian brothers and sisters in your dua, when placing a date in your mouth this Ramadan.

I know this may seem like just another average Muslim-lead boycott – and oh how we Muslims do love our boycotts – but in this case, it is clear that this is the most direct means of action we can take. It targets the offending companies that are mistreating their workers, as well as the illegal Israeli settlers. Plus, do you really want to be buying dates that were grown on stolen land? Stolen at gun point. It’s just not right, is it?

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Dr Mehzabeen b. Ibrahim joined MuslimMatters as a blogger in late 2007 under the handle 'iMuslim', whilst still a struggling grad student. Since then, she has attained a PhD in Molecular Biology and a subsequent Masters in Bioinformatics, and now works as a specialist in this field for a well-known British, medical charity, masha'Allah. Somewhere in between she found the time to get married, alhamdulillah. She likes to dabble in photo and videography, a sample of which can be found on her personal blog: iMuslim.tv.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Cookies

    September 11, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    yikessssss! jazakallah for letting us know

  2. Bint Bashir

    September 12, 2008 at 12:41 AM

    Many of the packets will have “Produce of Israel” or “Jordan Valley” if you cant remember all the brands.

  3. Amaat al Kareem

    September 12, 2008 at 8:26 AM

    Jazaki Allahu khayr
    That is pretty sickening to hear. :(

  4. concerned_date_eater

    September 12, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Just to clarify, I had two questions:

    1. Are these dates sold in the U.S.?
    2. Are all dates that says “Jordan Valley” is made in Israel? I received on box as a gift and bought on from a local Muslim store that had on it “Jordan Valley”. Strangely, when I received the box 2 weeks ago, I tried to see where they were from but there was no mention of where it is made. Usually the U.S. ones say “California” on it. It does have Medjool written in different European languages.

  5. iMuslim

    September 12, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    I am not sure about the US market, c_d_e, but I advise you to write to Inminds and ask them. If you visit the following page, and scroll down the left-hand sidebar, you should see a feedback box. Write your question in there, and hopefully they will respond, insha’Allah:

    Inminds Boycott Israeli Dates Page

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  7. Abu

    October 19, 2009 at 6:38 AM

    Many thanks, thank you for the poster.

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