Every year, Israel exports millions of pounds worth of dates to the world, which many people unknowingly buy and use to break their fasts. These dates are often grown in illegal settlements in the Occupied West Bank and the Jordan Valley, on land that has been stolen from Palestinians. By buying these dates, we are helping Israel to continue its illegal occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people.
With your hard work, dedication and support the #CheckTheLabel campaign has grown significantly over the last 8 years. The campaign has gone to the heart of the communities in cities and towns across the UK to ensure no one buys these dates. However, despite our efforts not everyone is aware, which is why we need your help this Ramadan.
Won’t Palestinian farmers lose their jobs?
Palestinian themselves have called for a boycott of Israel, and therefore, undermining their call is not only patrionsing, but it also goes against an already oppressed community. Palestinians will face a short-term economic dip, however, as we have seen during the South African apartheid, boycotting is an effective strategy to stop oppressive regimes. Palestinians will undoubtedly benefit in the long-term with a prosperous economy of their own without living under Israeli apartheid and occupation.
What is the aim of the boycott?
The boycott campaign is both economic and cultural and will continue until Israel lifts the siege on Gaza, ends its occupation of Palestinian lands, removes settlers from the Occupied West Bank and answers charges of War Crimes.
How does not buying an avocado make a difference?
By not buying produce from Israel, the illegal Settlements in the Occupied West Bank, or in the Jordan Valley you are making a stand supporting the Palestinians. By boycotting you are putting international pressure upon Israel to end its brutal occupation and to ensure it complies with international law in a peaceful way. It is making a difference. Israel is spending millions of pounds countering the boycott, as it knows the boycott focuses on its grave violations of international law and injustice towards the Palestinian population.
How will a boycott of Israel help?
1. It reduces their income as companies stop trading with Israel. 2. It isolates Israel by rejecting it from the rest of the democratic world by exposing it as a false democracy, wherein there is only freedom for one people and oppression for another. 3. It pressurises Israel to change its inhumane policies in Gaza and releases its strangle hold in the West Bank. 4. As world governments clamour to support Israel and its 'right to defend itself' while ignoring the relentless Israeli aggression and wanton violence against Palestinians, ordinary people like us can make a huge difference. Through boycott, we isolate Israel and send a clear message that the global grassroots communities will not stand by and do nothing while Israel murders innocent Palestinian women and children.