Outrage: Supermarket sells dates in Ramadhan from Israel West Bank
Muslims say they are outraged that the store is selling an entire stock of these dates aimed at Muslim customers during Ramadhan
The United Nations signed a new directive in January this year, which called upon the European Union’s 28-nation-bloc from dealing or cooperating with businesses in the occupied territories of Israel-Palestine.
Surprising then that one of Britain’s leading supermarket chain, Tesco, would trade with Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which is proclaimed illegal under international law.
TESCO: The dates from occupied territories are clearly marked up as coming from Israel. Customers say they are outraged that the store is selling an entire stock of these dates aimed at Muslim customers during Ramadhan
The supermarket giant’s branch on Canal Road in Bradford, are selling dates during the Muslim’s holy month of Ramadhan.
However, to the fury of Asian Express readers, they’ve discovered that all packaged varieties of the dates were from Israel West Bank.
Many have said that they will stop shopping at Tesco altogether.
Sajad Hussain, from Bradford said: “I was absolutely disgusted that Tesco was flogging produce aimed predominantly to Muslims in Bradford during Ramadhan, from a region where Muslims are being subjugated to horrors that we can’t even imagine.
“To add insult to injury, the store manager seemed phased when I him whether he knew that Israel West Bank is a globally-recognised illegal territory.”
Asian Express contacted Tesco head office to question why they were trading with Israeli businesses from an illegal territory and what action it would take on selling dates from that region.
A spokesperson from Tesco said: “We currently have one product that comes from the West Bank – a line of dates that is grown in Israel and packed in the West Bank.
“We clearly label the product as coming from the West Bank so customers can make an informed choice.
“We will be sourcing dates from a different facility outside the West Bank from September this year.”
A growing international boycott campaign has been threatening the Jewish economy for a number of years in the wake of continuing development of Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank.
In February this year Norway’s finance minister directed a boycott worth $810 with two Israeli firms.
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