Check The Label - Boycott Israeli Dates

CAMPAIGNS / Posted by Friends of Al-Aqsa / Monday, 29th December, 2014


On Friday 29 May we need your help to launch Check the Label - Boycott Israeli Dates campaign for the sixth year. You can help by:

  • ordering leaflets to distribute after Jummah Salah on 29 May
  •  Signing up to thunderclap to publicly pledge you will not buy dates from Israel, West Bank or the Jordan Valley.  
  • putting up posters on mosque notice boards

Email with your name, address and contact number, and let her know the number of leaflets and poster you need. Please remember to mention which mosque you will distribute outside to avoid duplication.


Check The Label Poster   Check The Label Leaflet Check The Label Leaflet   

Poster                        Leaflet Front        Leaflet Back          

Selfie Poster


We often check the ingredients on food packaging to decide if foods are good for our health and if they are halal. This campaign extends the concept to ‘check the label’ to ensure the dates we eat during Ramadhan are good for our body and soul!

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 grown in illegal settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, on land that has been stolen from Palestinians. By buying these dates, we are in fact helping Israel to continue its occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people.

Ramadan is a time of year when we remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves. It is a time we feed ourselves spiritually. Therefore it would be an affront if at such a time we helped support oppression buy buying these dates.

With your help over the past five years the 'check the label' campaign has grown significantly and we have had great successes due to your hard work, time and dedication. 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 there is still a lot of work to be done.


The following images are from Gaza

Frequently asked questions: 

Don't Palestinian Workers lose jobs?

Israelis will claim that Palestinians are allowed to work on the land of these settlers and therefore they are provided with jobs and a boycott will harm them. In actual fact, these Palestinians are employed for paltry wages, and they are required to do the back-breaking work that the Israeli settlers will not do themselves. This means the Israeli settlers reap the rewards for the harvests while doing very little of the work themselves. Ending Israel's occupation of Palestine will mean better paid jobs in better conditions.

Palestinian children are employed by these settlers, and they are forced to work long hours under a hot baking sun for small sums of money. This exploitation means that these children miss out on an education.

What companies should we avoid?

One of the purposes of 'check the label' is so we as consumer start to do just that, check the label. If we begin to do that the brand becomes irrelevant as it becomes difficult to remember all the different brands. Most food shops will stock dates produced in Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Dates produced in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley are highly likely to be from Illegal Israeli Settlements and should be boycotted.

However some common brands are:

 Are there alternatives to Israeli dates?

There are plenty of options, dates from Tunisia, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Iran to mention a few are widely available. But of you want medjoul dates you can order Palestinian dates from Yaffa.

Making Money from the Occupation

- Dates were Israel's leading fruit export, most of which come to Europe

- The total income for Israel from dates in a year is approximately €80 million.

Check The Label cartoon strip 

You can order your FREE Check The Label literature here


The Palestinian Call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions

Inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid and in the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression,

We, representatives of Palestinian civil society, call upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era. We appeal to you to pressure your respective states to impose embargoes and sanctions against Israel. We also invite conscientious Israelis to support this Call, for the sake of justice and genuine peace.

These non-violent punitive measures should be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian peoples inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:

   1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;
   2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
   3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

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