Israel is Haram but israeli dates are Halal.

published on July 24, 2014
TOI reports ‘In Kerala, Ramzan dates leave bitter taste’

KOZHIKODE: Many families breaking the Ramzan fast with the customary dates may be unwittingly consuming the fruit grown in Israel. The large, succulent Medjool dates, received enthusiastically by rozadars in the belief these are from Jordan, in fact come from Israel, a country hated in the Islamic world for its conflict with Palestinian Arabs. In the past week, Kozhikode has protests over Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza.

“The costly Medjool dates come from Israel but these are marketed as produce of Jordan. Last year, the packets had ‘Tel Aviv’ printed on them and we had to remove these labels. Products from Israel won’t be touched here due to popular sentiment against cruelties perpetrated by them against the Palestinians in Gaza,” said Mohammed Ashraf, a veteran trader whose family has been importing west Asian dates for several decades.

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