British Muslims boycott Israeli dates

The British Muslim community is planning to launch a campaign during this yearâ„¢s holy month of Ramadan aimed at Israeli regimeâ„¢s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The campaign advises Muslims to boycott Israeli dates produced in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley, according to local media reports.

Nearly half of the settlements in the Jordan Valley grow dates, their most profitable crop, which contributes significantly to their economic viability.

The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) declared that it will hold a national day of action against Israeli regimeâ„¢s policy of expanding illegal settlements in the occupied Palestine.

“We want to draw everyoneâ„¢s attention to the ‘Check the Label – Boycott Israeli Dates’ campaign by holding a national day of action,” MAB said in a statement.

The day activities include distribution of leaflets outside mosques after Friday prayers and putting up posters in mosques and local shops.

They will also list the big supermarkets that sell the Israeli dates, since some of them, like Asda, Sainsburyâ„¢s, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Tesco, label the Israeli dates as their own product.

The campaign against the Israeli settlement policy is supported by more than 20 organisations, including Friends of Al-Aqsa and Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the biggest ant-Israeli group in the UK and Europe.

Israel produces huge quantities of Medjoul dates, which are grown in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley.

“Buying these dates will mean that your money is going towards supporting the theft of Palestinian land and the oppression of Palestinians,” the MAB stressed.

According to the Boycott Israel Campaign in the UK, over 50 percent of the worldâ„¢s Medjoul dates are produced in the occupied Palestine and 60 percent of Israeli dates are grown on illegal settlement plantations in the Jordan Valley. Israeli regime made profits of $265 million from selling dates in 2011.

Israeli settlements built on stolen and occupied Palestinian lands have been ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice.


This article originally appeared on: Press TV