22 August 2009

Israeli dates in South Africa

Just got these pics from a friend in Portugal with this note:

This company, Hadiklam Ltd. is no doubt a settlement company and there is much written about them online, especially about their tactics to hide the origin of the product. It would be an important victory if we got their partners in Southern Africa to divest (I suspect they have more than one, Karsten Farms being one of them).

One argument to stress is that even if these dates are in fact from South Africa, they should be boycotted because of their links with settlement companies. I don't think that the ones we have here in Portugal come from South Africa. They come from Israel but they make use the South African box because perhaps a percentage might come from there and it avoids the boycotts in Europe.


{packed for Hadilaim (settler company) by Karsten Farms Ltd, South Africa}

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

is this the solid truth? is there no explanation?Karsten mentions that it does not have a partnership with this israeli company so can we get this company then to make a public declaration that it does not in fact have a partnership?

Bilal said...

solid truth? these are pictures from a few days ago!
Karsten may or may not have an official partnership, but they have not denied doing business with an Israeli settler company - and while they continue to do business with such companies, people of conscience around the world will continue boycotting them...

boycot said...

Apparently these karstens dates are being sold all over fordburg.... I think i may have some at home. Shouldnt posters/pamphlets be made and distribute it?

boycott said...

found this
http://www.scribd.com/doc/19065648/Hadiklaim-Israel-Date-Growers-Cooperative-Ltd

Bilal said...

see my latest post - we need to contact Karstens and pressurise them to stop doing business with this Israeli company..

Anonymous said...

cant we just get someone rolling the $ to import dates everyyear that are free from any israeli links?

Anonymous said...

I think that targeting this farmer for boycotts is absolutely cruel. It sounds like the settler company duped him. Encourage him to sever links but at a time when so many SA companies do business with Israel in a far worse way I just think that the specific targetting of this poor farmer is ridiculous. The guy is South African, hires many South Africans and is probably being exploited unknowingly. This is such a bullying tactic it horrifies me. And I am super-pro-palestinian.

Think of who you are really hurting here and what the public image repercussions are.

Bilal said...

@Anonymous:

For as long as Karsten farms continue selling dates to Hadiklaim, the company will maintain the right for having their name on their boxes in Europe. By making business with Hadiklaim, Karsten farms is sending a message that it is totally ok to be a settler company and that it is not morally wrong to empower a settlement business by allowing them ... Read Moreto have a year-round supply of dates. Settlement companies should be completely isolated so as to cut their economic viability. Therefore, pressure and boycott of Karsten farms should continue and more explicit demands should be made to the company that they cut all ties with Hadiklaim. They have to make a choice of either earning money from Hadiklaim or Muslim date-eaters all over the world. But not both.