6 Dates Planted by Israel on the Land Seized, Don't Buy the Wrong One!

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The holy month of Ramadan 1445 Hijriah or fasting Ramadan 2024 will fall in less than one month. According to the Islamic Hijri Calendar published by the Ministry of Religion (Kemenag RI), the start of the 2024 Ramadan fast in Indonesia is expected to fall on Tuesday, March 12 2024.

Dates are a fruit that is synonymous with the month of Ramadan. Throughout Ramadan, dates will be easier to find so they are generally the main choice as a snack for breaking the fast or sahur.

However, many people don't know that Israel is one of the largest date exporting countries in the world. Therefore, society are advised to be more careful as Israel continues to attack Gaza, Palestine and the boycott movement against products originating from and/or supporting Israel.

Quoting from the page Palestine Campaign, the public is advised to check the packaging for the names of companies exporting dates from Israel. Israeli date exporting companies to avoid are.

  1. Hadiclaim

  2. Mehadrin

  3. Agrexco

  4. Arava

  5. Edom

  6. MTex

“This Ramadan, don't buy Israeli dates. Support Palestinian independence! Don't break your fast with Israeli dates this month of Ramadan,” wrote Palestine Campaignquoted Monday (19/2/2024).

For your information, Israel is one of the largest players in the global date market and is only one position behind Saudi Arabia. According to reports StatistaIsrael is the second country with the largest date export value in the world.

The only Jewish country in the world is reported to have a date export value of more than US$317 million or around IDR 4.95 trillion (assuming an exchange rate of IDR 15,634/US$). Currently, Israel holds more than 60 percent of the global market share for one of the leading varieties, Medjool dates. Therefore, it is not surprising that Israel is the largest exporter of Medjool dates in the world.

How not to buy dates from Israel

According to Palestine Campaign, there are four ways that Muslim communities around the world can avoid accidentally buying dates from Israel. Here are four ways.

  1. Check the label when buying dates. Do not buy dates produced or packaged in Israel or the West Bank settlements

  2. Check the labels on all Medjool dates. Most of the Medjool dates sold in supermarkets are grown in Israel or illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land

  3. Don't buy dates that have Hadiklaim on the label. Hadiklaim is the largest exporter of dates from Israel and its illegal settlements. The company sells dates overseas under the King Solomon, Jordan River, and Jordan River Bio-Top brands, as well as under the supermarket chain's private label

  4. Check labels for companies that export dates from Israel and illegal settlements, such as Mehadrin, MTex, Edom, Agrexco, and Arava.

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