Did you know Israel exports more than half the world's Medjool dates? And that Israeli date imports in the US are valued at $51 million per year, according to the USDA? Almost all dates grown in the Jordan Valley are grown in Israeli settlements grown on stolen Palestinian land. Profits from those dates support the settlement industry, while Palestinians are forced by harsh economic conditions created by the occupation to work on these date farms for substandard wages and in hazardous conditions? This Ramadan, choose occupation-free dates. Buy American! Boycott Israeli dates for the sake of our brothers and sisters in Palestine.
Boycott Jordan River, Jordan River Bio-Tops, King Solomon and any brands marketed by Hadiklaim! Purchase California dates instead. Two brands to try are Medjooldates.com and Oasisdate.com.
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During Ramadan, many Muslims break their fast following the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) with water and dates. But do they know the history of injustice behind the production of so many dates? Many dates are grown in Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land, in direct violation of international law, and harvested through unfair labor practices.
Dates in the Israeli economy Israel produces more than half the world’s leading variety of dates, the Medjool date.1 The majority of these are grown in Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea areas on occupied Palestinian land, and then exported worldwide for a profit of $265 million for Israeli export companies.2 Dates were Israel’s leading fruit export in 2005.1 Export of Israeli dates to Europe and North America increased by 16 percent in 2011.3 Large quantities of these are exported specifically during Ramadan.1 Currently, most Israeli dates are marketed by Hadiklaim, a company that exports dates from Israel and its settlements in the Occupied Territories, especially in the Jordan Valley.4 Hadiklaim markets the dates under the brand names of Jordan River, Jordan River Bio-Top and King Solomon, and under the private labels of supermarket chains.4
Introducing the BDS Movement
The global movement for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights was initiated by Palestinian civil society in 2005, and is coordinated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), established in 2007. BDS is a strategy that allows people of conscience to play an effective role in the Palestinian struggle for justice.
For decades, Israel has denied Palestinians their fundamental rights of freedom, equality, and self-determination through ethnic cleansing, colonization, racial discrimination, and military occupation. Despite abundant condemnation of Israeli policies by the UN, other international bodies, and preeminent human rights organisations, the world community has failed to hold Israel accountable and enforce compliance with basic principles of law. Israel’s crimes have continued with impunity.
Choose Occupation-Free Dates
To Muslims, the date fruit is symbolic. During Ramadan, many Muslims break their fast following the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) with water and dates. But do they know the history of injustice behind the production of so many dates? Many dates are grown in illegal Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land and harvested through unfair labor practices. Boycott dates under these brand names Jordan River, Jordan River-Bio Tops and King Solomon. Dates that profit the occupation are marketed by the Israeli company Hadilklaim through a variety of distributors. Dates that say they are produced in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley are most likely also Israeli occupation dates.
Learn more about Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions and the Ramadan date boycott
A note about date export company Hadiklam
Hadiklaim is an Israeli date growers cooperative. It is the biggest date exporter in what is called Israel. Some of the company’s dates originate from the occupied Jordan Valley and Dead Sea area. Dates from the Megilot Dead Sea Regional Council – a regional council of settlements in the northern Dead Sea area – are exported solely by Hadiklaim. The company markets dates under the brand names of Jordan River, Jordan River Bio-Top and King Solomon, and under private labels of supermarket chains.The company's annual revenue is between $50 million and $100 million per year.
Grueling work, perched dangerously high above the ground for hours on end, with little respite and no possibility of taking care of certain bodily needs - such is the plight of Palestinian workers in some Jordan Valley date groves. But they are too frightened to complain.
By Gitit Ginat
Imagine a person. He might be a man over 40 years old, married, with children. Or he might be a teenager, who until recently was in school. Now perch him on top of a date palm that soars to a height of 10 or even 12 meters - the height of a three- or four-story building. Imagine this person sitting atop the tree for five, six, even seven hours a day. It's hot, but the heat is the least of his problems. Occasionally a strong wind blows, shaking the tree along with the person sitting on it. Scorpions and snakes come to visit sometimes, and ants wander freely over his body.
In the West Bank, two and a half million Palestinians live under Israeli military occupation while settlers live in enclaves of Israeli law within the same territory. Individual acts of violence by extremist settlers periodically capture the headlines, and discriminatory and inadequate law enforcement is indeed a concern. However, the major human rights violations result from the settlements themselves: their extensive exploitation of land and water, the massive military presence to protect them, the road network paved to serve them and the invasive route of the Separation Barrier, which was largely dictated by the settlements.
Palestinian Civil Society Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights
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