Boycott Israeli Dates

Introduction

As Ramadan approaches, Muslims around the country will be preparing to welcome the arrival of this blessed month, which will include buying dates to break their fasts.

Leeds Palestine Solidarity Campaign would like to draw your attention to a very important campaign that we run annually, and we hope that you can support us.

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. We would like to ask if your Mosque/Shop/Organisation would like to help with this and support the campaign. The boycott movement is growing very quickly and more and more people will no longer buy dates that come from Israel.

There are varieties of dates from various other countries to source your dates from. However if you would like Medjoul dates from Palestine and help the Palestinian farmers they are available from YAFFA. You can also order these dates through Friends of Al-Aqsa (e-mail: info@aqsa.org.uk), as they are helping to distribute them this year. Another provider is Zaytoun (www.zaytoun.org.uk).

We have seen a huge shift in the way the state of Israel and the occupation is viewed globally – however, there is still a lot of work to be done. This is your chance to be a part of the free Palestine movement.

Guardian Article: British Muslims urged to boycott Israeli dates during Ramadan

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Actions You Can Take

  1. Contact and inform consumers.
  2. Try and involve family and friends in the campaign.
  3. Give a letter to give to local grocery shops, greengrocers, etc. that serve the Muslim community. The letter asks the the shopkeeper not stock Israeli dates this Ramadan. Only one letter, with perhaps 3-6 people signing it, needs to be given to each shop (along with a leaflet which identifies the brands to avoid).
  4. Let the shop know that they can buy dates from many other countries, but if they want to buy medjoul dates from Palestine they can contact medjoul@checkthelabel.org.uk, 0116 2125 441 or Zaytoun on 0207 609 5699
  5. Keep in touch with the shops that you have approached and continue to encourage and support them to join the campaign.
  6. Contact and inform the wholesalers. Identify the wholesalers, importers and shops in your area hand deliver the wholesaler/shop letters supplied by FOA. Inform them about Israeli human rights abuses (you can give them Leeds PSC or FOA leaflets).
  7. Arrange a Boycott Israel awareness event in their community where you can show a video about Israeli dates, give out the leaflets and ask people to sign the letters addressed to local shops serving the community. (one letter per shop which everyone signs)
  8. Identify Mosques and Community Centres in your area and hand deliver the Mosque/organisation letter supplied by FOA. Inform them about Israeli human rights abuses (you can give them Leeds PSC or FOA leaflets).
  9. Ask the Mosques and Community Centres if you can leave leaflets at the entrance and put up a poster.
  10. Organise a time with friends and family to distribute outside the mosque after prayers, especially after Friday prayers.
  11. Let Leeds PSC know when you are planning to distribute outside mosques so we can try and co-ordinate with other volunteers.
  12. Contact your local newspaper and your local radio Ramadan to let them know what is happening.

Remember to to write down addresses of shops which agree to support the campaign so they can be thanked and also shops that ignore so they can be named and shamed. Take pictures and videos of the campaign.

Campaign Resources

Letters

Boycott Israeli Dates Letter – Leeds PSC

Letter to Wholesalers – FOA

Leaflet

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Our thanks to Check the Label, Friends of Al-Aqsa and Palestine Solidarity Campaign for campaign informations.

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Leeds Palestine Solidarity Campaign