Thursday, July 19, 2012

Boycot Israeli Occupation Dates

During Ramadan, which begins tomorrow, Muslims around the world will break their daily fast on dates.  Our member group American Muslims for Palestine just launched a campaign to ensure that this tradition does not inadvertently support the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Over half of the world's medjool dates, the most popular commercial variety, are grown in Israel, primarily in illegal West Bank settlements built on occupied Palestinian land. Moreover, Israeli dates are often harvested by Palestinians who suffer from unfair labor practices.  Marketed by the Israeli company Hadilklaim under brand names including Jordan River, Jordan River-Bio Tops and King Solomon, these dates are exported around the world, providing Israeli exporters with annual profits of $265 million.

In accordance with Palestinian civil society's 2005 call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), people of conscience around the world are boycotting Hadilklaim dates in solidarity with the millions of Palestinians oppressed by Israeli apartheid.  Join us in refusing to support the Israeli occupation by boycotting Hadilklaim dates! Learn more about dates, the Israeli occupation, and BDS here.