Hadiklaim is an Israeli company.
Karsten is doing business with a settler company - this business between Hadiklaim and Karsten, among other things, allows Hadiklaim to market dates in Europe as 'Produced in South Africa' - therefore circumventing European boycotts of Israeli goods - Hadiklaim also sells their OWN dates packaged as South African dates...
Here is a reply to an email from the company:
Dear Mr Karsten
2009/8/26 Pieter Karsten Jnr <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Dr Raiman,
Thanks for your inquiry.
We are farmers and we are South Africans. We do try to make a difference in this new South Africa by setting an example of non-discrimination. We do employ
at peak grape production about 5000 people of all races and all denominations in South Africa.
The Karsten Group is a 100% South African company.
Our family owns
IDC (Industrial Development Corporation) 36.
Yarona Farms (Workerstrust)
11.06% ( Yarona means “OURS” in Tswana)
Land Merit Investment (A SA individual)
We are more than willing to give you all the evidence you need to proof the above facts.
We are totally independent. We do furthermore own companies in Egypt (Karsten Middle East) and the UK (Karsten UK).
Hadiklaim is a CUSTOMER of ours and I have already instructed them to rectify the wording on there website.(They referred to Karsten as “our farm”)
I need to make it very clear that we imported 10 tons of dates from JORDAN in 2007. Except for this once of transaction
all the dates we sold have been our own production(95% SA 5% Namibian).
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any more answers.
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From: sayed dhansay
Dear PieterI am writing to you out of great concern.As I'm sure you know, dates form an important part of our diet as Muslims, especially during this month of Ramadan.Your company, Karsten Farms is a producer of the popular Kalahari Medjoul date, that is widely consumed by our community.In the last few days however, I have been made aware that Karsten Farms has a business relationship with the Israeli Date Co-operative, Hadiklaim.I would appreciate it if you could confirm whether Karsten Farms does indeed do any business with Hadiklaim?As Hadiklaim is based in and operates out of an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied Jordan Valley, we take an extremely negative view of the company.In 2005 Palestinian civil society called on the world to implement boycotts, divestment and sanctions on the state of Israel in order to pressure Israel to comply with international law and cease its egregious violations of human rights in the illegally Occupied Palestinian Territories.This movement pertains even more strongly to companies that operate out of illegal settlements in the West Bank and Jordan Valley.As this call is being increasingly heeded internationally, as well as in South Africa, I would be very grateful if you could confirm whether Karsten Farms has a trading relationship (whether this is uni or bilateral) with Hadiklaim.I look forward to your response.Regards,