A number of Israeli brands of dates have been boycotted by Muslims in Europe and the US. Photo/samidoun.net
LONDON – The boycott of Israeli dates has now begun to be vigorously called for by Muslims in Europe ahead of Ramadan. The movement then received support from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).
According to Arab News, Muslims across Europe have decided to check labels to avoid buying Israeli dates this Ramadan.
Israel itself is famous for being the world’s largest producer of Medjool dates, with 50% of the output being exported to Europe. These dates are sold in supermarkets and large shops throughout the Blue Continent.
Israel’s poor record towards Palestine makes Muslims in Europe reluctant to buy goods produced by the Jewish state.
So far this year alone, Israel has killed 63 Palestinians, 13 of whom were children.
The Israeli date boycott movement is nothing new. In 2012, US Muslims had initiated the movement.
According to AlJazeera, Muslim Americans for Palestine (AMP) initiated the first-ever national boycott of Israeli-produced dates during Ramadan 2012.
The move applies to the New York, New Jersey, Detroit, Minnesota, Chicago, Sacramento, as well as Washington DC, and Philadelphia areas.
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