Boycott Israeli Dates Campaign 2011

On Monday 9th May 2011, Leeds Palestine Solidarity Campaign launched its Boycott Israeli Dates Campaign. Building on the success of last year’s campaign, this year’s has been launched earlier with the aim of making it bigger and more effective.

Ramadan starts in August 2011, a time of year when muslims remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves. It would be an affront if at such a time we helped support oppression. Every year, Israel exports millions of pounds worth of dates to the world, which many people unknowingly 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.

Boycott is about consumer power. We need your help to inform people they should ‘Check the Label’ and boycott dates from Israel, West Bank and Jordan Valley. Leeds PSC aims to mobilise the local communities, mosques and other human rights activists to urge wholesalers and local shops to stop selling Israeli dates. We will inform and educate the shoppers about the origin of the Israeli dates so they can put pressure on their local shops to stop selling them. For news, information, resources and a list of actions you can take, see: http://www.leedspsc.org.uk/?page_id=3089 We need people to leaflet, talk to shops and shoppers. Contact us to help.

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