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.
Dates in the Israeli economy
Israel produces over half of the world’s leading variety of dates, the Medjool date.1 The majority of these are grown in 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 3