RAMALLAH, Aug 4 (JMCC) - Muslims living in the UK are being urged to boycott Israeli-exported dates during the holy month of Ramadan, according to an article published in the Guardian
...Campaign organisers Friends of Al Aqsa hope the boycott will dwarf previous attempts to hit Israel in the pocket, capitalising on the attention afforded to the plight of Palestinians by the deadly Israeli attack on a flotilla carrying aid to Gaza at the end of May.
The focus is on dates because of their symbolic importance to Muslims, who traditionally eat them at sunset during the holy month – due to begin on Wednesday next week – to break the daylight fast.
At a time when we are thinking about people less fortunate than ourselves it would be hypocritical and an affront not only to ignore what's happening about Palestine but also to support it by buying dates from Israeli. You're fuelling oppression, said Shamiul Joarder, from Friends of Al Aqsa.
The check-the-label campaign is supported by a number of groups, including War on Want and Jews Boycotting Israeli Goods. Pro-Palestinian activists say dates account for about 15% of exports from Israel to the EU and its income from the fruit each year is approximately €80m (£66m)...
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