American Muslims for Palestine organizes boycott of Israeli Dates

American Muslims for Palestine organizes boycott of Israeli Dates
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American Muslims for Palestine organizes boycott of Israeli Dates

As the holy month of Ramadan nears, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) relaunched a national boycott of Israeli dates sold in US markets. AMP calls on all Americans and American Muslims to boycott date brands known explicitly to operate in illegal Israeli settlements and to exploit Palestinian labor and natural resources. 

Taher Herzallah, AMP’s Grassroots Organizing Director, stated: “We have seen a marked decrease in imports of Israeli dates to the US market over the past few years. This is partly due to our boycott efforts on a national level. Consumers across the country are refusing to purchase dates that have been grown withIsrael’s exploitation of Palestinian land, labor and natural resources.”

The date boycott kicked off in New Jersey, Minnesota, Illinois, Texas and California, where major concentrations of the Palestinian-American community live. The boycott will continue throughout the holy month of Ramadan which begins on April 13th.

2021 Boycott of Israeli grown and sold dates from the occupied West Bank by settlers. Poster courtesy of American Muslims for Palestine

2021 Boycott of Israeli grown and sold dates from the occupied West Bank by settlers. Poster courtesy of American Muslims for Palestine

Herzallah continued: “We encourage our community members to check the label and make sure that dates branded as Hadiklaim, Jordan River, King Solomon, Delilah, Carmel Agrexco and Mehadrin are neither bought by consumers nor sold by stores in the community. American Muslims and Palestinian-Americans should not have to break their fasts with apartheid dates.”

AMP has released a full report on the subject that can be found here and a video detailing the injustices committed by Israel’s date companies against the occupied Palestinian people. 

More information about AMP’s date boycott campaign can be found here: https://www.ampalestine.org/dateboycott

For more information, or to schedule an interview with an AMP spokesperson, please contact Media Coordinator Malak Shalabi at +1(888) AMP-1948.

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