During the month of Ramzan, the sale of dates in the City sees an increase. Muslims who observe Roza during this period, break their fast by eating dates with a glass of water.
Growing dates is one of the major agricultural activities carried out by Israel. Every year, Israel exports dates worth millions of Israeli pounds across the world. But this year the special dates from Israel will be missing in the City markets.
Many muslim organisations and community workers had urged people to boycott Israeli dates when breaking their fast during Ramzan.
“This year we have urged Muslims in the City to not sell or buy Israeli dates. The main reason is to not promote the economy of Israel and their anti-Muslim attitude. One more reason is that Israeli dates are genetically developed dates which have side affects on your health and spoil your immunity,” says M Akthar, a social worker.
“The organisers believe that a large proportion of the income that is earned during the holy month of Ramzan is from dates and by buying these dates we will directly promote the economy of Israel, which will then be used by them to buy weapons for anti-Muslim activities,” he adds. Activists in the City say that dates are being grown illegally in Israel and although Palestinians are employed there, they toil in harsh conditions and most of them are children.
Many NGOs in the City are using social networking sites to spread the message. Text messages are also being sent out. The campaign is not only directed towards the buyers or consumers but also the wholesalers and small retailers.
“We are being told not to sell Israeli dates in the City because of their anti-Muslim attitude. So we have decided to scrap them, however Israeli dates are better in taste and more in demand,” said Abdul Razaaq, a wholesale dry fruit dealer from Begum bazaar.
Jordan Valley, Hadiklaim, Carmel, Agrexco, Jordan Plains , King Solomon and Jordan River are some of the Israeli brand dates available in the City .