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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

During Ramadan and fasting, it’s Sunnah to break your fast with dates. However, there is a campaign to boycott certain dates because the manufacturers are either directly or indirectly responsible and supporting the illegal occupation of Palestine the oppression of the Palestinians. By buying their dates, you will be helping to continue the occupation of Muslim lands in Palestine.

I have copied the below article from the Friends of Al-Aqsa website:

This Ramadan, Don’t Break your Fast with an Israeli Date

Ramadan is a time of year when we remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves.  It  would be an affront if at such a time we helped support oppression

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.

For this reason, Friends of Al Aqsa will again be launching the ‘Check the Label’ Campaign.

Volunteer Ambassador

Volunteer to be an ambassador for the Check the Label Campaign in your area. This will mean you will help promote the campaign in your area. This will include distributing leaflets, speaking to shop owners, setting up stalls and much more. become an Ambassador and order your free literature to help spread the word.

Check The Label

Most of the major supermarkets will stock dates produced in Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Dates produced in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley are from Illegal Israeli Settlements and should also be boycotted.

Check The Label postcard back

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.

Click here for the full text and endorsements

Palestinian Workers

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.

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.

Alternatives to Israeli Dates

There are plenty of varieties of dates from various other countries to break your fast. However if you would like  Medjoul dates from Palestine and  help the Palestinian farmers they are available from  YAFFA. YAFFA source there dates from Palestine and FOA are helping YAFFA distribute dates this Ramadhan.

Another provider is Zaytoun, www.zaytoun.org

Get Involved

There are two stages to this campaign:

Stage 1 – Contact and inform the wholesalers and shops.

Stage 2 – Contact and inform consumers.

Stage One

FOA have sent letters to over 1000 wholesalers and shops but we need your help to add the personal touch as that is the best method to encourage people to join the campaign.

There are 6 steps to this stage. We would like you to:

Preparation:

  1. If you can try and involve family and friends in the campaign.
  2. Print letters for Wholesalers and Shop Owners: Click here for the letter.
  3. Order Check the Label posters and postcards from dates@checkthelabel.org.uk so you can put poster up on shop windows and leave postcards on the counter (with permission)

Method:

  1. Identify the wholesalers, importers and shops in your area hand deliver the wholesaler/shop letters supplied by FOA.  Inform them about Israeli human rights abuses (you can give them of FOA leaflets).
  2. Tell wholesalers and shop owners about the concept of boycotting and how it has worked e.g. South Africa. Ask them to boycott dates from Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Explain West Bank and Jordan Valley are illegally occupied and buying dates from there would mean they are supporting the occupation of Palestine.
  3. Let them know that they can buy dates from many other countries, but if they want to buy medjoul dates from Palestine they can contact medjoul@checkthelabel.org.uk, (+44) (0)116 2125 441 or Zaytoun on (+44) (0)207 609 5699
  4. Keep in touch with the shops that you have approached and continue to encourage and support them to join the campaign.
  5. Write down addresses of shops which agree to support the campaign so we can write a letter to them to thank them for their support.
  6. Take pictures of the campaign and keep head office updated on your work in your locality.

Stage Two

Most of the people we have approached during the Check the Label campaign did not know dates are from Israel and also did not know that dates labelled West Bank or the Jordan Valley should also be Boycotted.   Once they were told, the overwhelming majority of people were happy to join the boycott.

Boycott is about people power.  We need your help to inform people they should ‘Check the Label’ and boycott dates from Israel, West Bank and Jordan Valley.

Preparation:

  1. If you can try and involve family and friends in the campaign.
  2. Print letters for mosques and organisations : Click here for the letter
  3. Order Check the Label posters and postcards from here so you can put poster up on shop windows and leave postcards on the counter (with permission).

Method:

  1. Identify Mosques and Community Centres in your area and hand deliver the Mosque/organisation letter supplied by FOA.  Inform them about Israeli human rights abuses (you can give them of FOA leaflets).
  2. Tell the mosque/ community centre contact about the concept of boycotting and how it has worked e.g. South Africa. Ask them to boycott dates from Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Explain West Bank and Jordan Valley are illegally occupied and buying dates from there would mean they are supporting the occupation of Palestine.
  3. Ask them if you can leave leaflets at the entrance and put up a poster
  4. Organise a time with friends and family to distribute outside the mosque after prayers, especially after Friday prayers.
  5. Let FOA know when you are planning to distribute outside mosques so we can try and co-ordinate with other volunteers.
  6. Contact your local newspaper and your local radio Ramadhan to let them know what is happening. Take photos when it is appropriate  and send updates to info@checkthelabel.org.uk

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It is during this month that the Shayateen are locked away in chains, that the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed and Laylat-ul-Qadr is to be found:

‘The month of Ramadan, in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the  criterion (between what is right and wrong)’ Surat Al-Baqarah v185

‘Verily! We have sent it (the Qur’an) down in Laylat-ul-Qadr (the Night of Decree). And what will make you know what the Night of Decree is? The Night of Decree is better than one thousand months..’ Surat Al-Qadr, v1-3

‘When the month of Ramadan arrives, the doors of Heaven are opened, the doors of Hell are closed and the devils put under chains.’ [Bukhari and Muslim]

Benefits of Fasting and Ramadan

Allah Commanded us to fast. It’s the one deed that is purely for Allah alone. And the benefits of fasting are many:

The Prophet (pbuh) said that Allah said: ‘The Fast is for Me and I will give the reward for it, as he (the one who observes the fast) leaves his sexual desire, food and drink for My Sake. Fasting is a screen (from hell), and there are two moments of pleasure (moments of happiness or joys) for a fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord. And the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better in Allah’s Sight than the smell of musk.’ [Bukhari]

Allah declared: ‘O you have believed! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was ordained for those before you, so that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious).’ Surat Al-Baqarah v183

‘Whoever observes (fasts) during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s Rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.’ [Bukhari & Muslim]

Abu Ayyoob al-Ansaari narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whoever fasts Ramadaan then follows it with six days of Shawwaal, it will be like fasting for a lifetime.” [Sahih Muslim]

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Whoever fasts Ramadaan, a month is like ten months, and fasting six days after al-Fitr will complete the year.” [Ahmad]

‘Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said: My nation is given 5 privileges in the month of Ramadan that no nation was given before:

  • The khaloof (odour of the mouth of a fasting person) is sweeter in the sight of Allah than the fragrance of musk
  • The angels keep praying to Allah to forgive the fasting people until they break their fast
  • Allah decorates Paradise every day saying to it ‘My righteous slaves are about to be comforted of their burdens and sufferings and enter you’
  • The Shayateen are chained during this month
  • Sins of the believers are forgiven  by the last night of Ramadan. [Muslim]

Free Campaign Literature

Check The Label    Check The Label poster       Check The Label postcard1    Check The Label cartoon strip

Check the Label Campaign Video

Coverage of Last Years Campaign:

Supporters

Zaytoun     Palestine Solidarity Campaign        MDUK     Islamic Forum of Europe    FOSIS   Jews for boycotting Israeli goods    Holborn Muslim Circles    Britih Muslim Initiative   Muslimaat    Young Muslim Organisation

Stand Up 4 Islam!

Other Ramadan Posts:

Ramadan 2016: Fasting Basics

Ramadan 2016: 100 Ramadan Tips & Suggestions

Ramadan 2016: Boycott Israeli Dates

Ramadan 2016: A dua for Ramadan

Ramadan 2016: Some Do’s and Don’ts

Ramadan 2016: Benefits of Fasting

Ramadan 2016: Make a change in this month of fasting

 

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

During Ramadan and fasting, it’s Sunnah to break your fast with dates. However, there is a campaign to boycott certain dates because the manufacturers are either directly or indirectly responsible and supporting the illegal occupation of Palestine the oppression of the Palestinians. By buying their dates, you will be helping to continue the occupation of Muslim lands in Palestine.

I have copied the below article from the Friends of Al-Aqsa website:

This Ramadan, Don’t Break your Fast with an Israeli Date

Ramadan is a time of year when we remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves.  It  would be an affront if at such a time we helped support oppression

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.

For this reason, Friends of Al Aqsa will again be launching the ‘Check the Label’ Campaign.

Volunteer Ambassador

Volunteer to be an ambassador for the Check the Label Campaign in your area. This will mean you will help promote the campaign in your area. This will include distributing leaflets, speaking to shop owners, setting up stalls and much more. become an Ambassador and order your free literature to help spread the word.

Check The Label

Most of the major supermarkets will stock dates produced in Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Dates produced in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley are from Illegal Israeli Settlements and should also be boycotted.

Check The Label postcard back

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.

Click here for the full text and endorsements

Palestinian Workers

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.

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.

Alternatives to Israeli Dates

There are plenty of varieties of dates from various other countries to break your fast. However if you would like  Medjoul dates from Palestine and  help the Palestinian farmers they are available from  YAFFA. YAFFA source there dates from Palestine and FOA are helping YAFFA distribute dates this Ramadhan.

Another provider is Zaytoun, www.zaytoun.org

Get Involved

There are two stages to this campaign:

Stage 1 – Contact and inform the wholesalers and shops.

Stage 2 – Contact and inform consumers.

Stage One

FOA have sent letters to over 1000 wholesalers and shops but we need your help to add the personal touch as that is the best method to encourage people to join the campaign.

There are 6 steps to this stage. We would like you to:

Preparation:

  1. If you can try and involve family and friends in the campaign.
  2. Print letters for Wholesalers and Shop Owners: Click here for the letter.
  3. Order Check the Label posters and postcards from dates@checkthelabel.org.uk so you can put poster up on shop windows and leave postcards on the counter (with permission)

Method:

  1. Identify the wholesalers, importers and shops in your area hand deliver the wholesaler/shop letters supplied by FOA.  Inform them about Israeli human rights abuses (you can give them of FOA leaflets).
  2. Tell wholesalers and shop owners about the concept of boycotting and how it has worked e.g. South Africa. Ask them to boycott dates from Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Explain West Bank and Jordan Valley are illegally occupied and buying dates from there would mean they are supporting the occupation of Palestine.
  3. Let them know that they can buy dates from many other countries, but if they want to buy medjoul dates from Palestine they can contact medjoul@checkthelabel.org.uk, (+44) (0)116 2125 441 or Zaytoun on (+44) (0)207 609 5699
  4. Keep in touch with the shops that you have approached and continue to encourage and support them to join the campaign.
  5. Write down addresses of shops which agree to support the campaign so we can write a letter to them to thank them for their support.
  6. Take pictures of the campaign and keep head office updated on your work in your locality.

Stage Two

Most of the people we have approached during the Check the Label campaign did not know dates are from Israel and also did not know that dates labelled West Bank or the Jordan Valley should also be Boycotted.   Once they were told, the overwhelming majority of people were happy to join the boycott.

Boycott is about people power.  We need your help to inform people they should ‘Check the Label’ and boycott dates from Israel, West Bank and Jordan Valley.

Preparation:

  1. If you can try and involve family and friends in the campaign.
  2. Print letters for mosques and organisations : Click here for the letter
  3. Order Check the Label posters and postcards from here so you can put poster up on shop windows and leave postcards on the counter (with permission).

Method:

  1. Identify Mosques and Community Centres in your area and hand deliver the Mosque/organisation letter supplied by FOA.  Inform them about Israeli human rights abuses (you can give them of FOA leaflets).
  2. Tell the mosque/ community centre contact about the concept of boycotting and how it has worked e.g. South Africa. Ask them to boycott dates from Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Explain West Bank and Jordan Valley are illegally occupied and buying dates from there would mean they are supporting the occupation of Palestine.
  3. Ask them if you can leave leaflets at the entrance and put up a poster
  4. Organise a time with friends and family to distribute outside the mosque after prayers, especially after Friday prayers.
  5. Let FOA know when you are planning to distribute outside mosques so we can try and co-ordinate with other volunteers.
  6. Contact your local newspaper and your local radio Ramadhan to let them know what is happening. Take photos when it is appropriate  and send updates to info@checkthelabel.org.uk

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It is during this month that the Shayateen are locked away in chains, that the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed and Laylat-ul-Qadr is to be found:

‘The month of Ramadan, in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the  criterion (between what is right and wrong)’ Surat Al-Baqarah v185

‘Verily! We have sent it (the Qur’an) down in Laylat-ul-Qadr (the Night of Decree). And what will make you know what the Night of Decree is? The Night of Decree is better than one thousand months..’ Surat Al-Qadr, v1-3

‘When the month of Ramadan arrives, the doors of Heaven are opened, the doors of Hell are closed and the devils put under chains.’ [Bukhari and Muslim]

Benefits of Fasting and Ramadan

Allah Commanded us to fast. It’s the one deed that is purely for Allah alone. And the benefits of fasting are many:

The Prophet (pbuh) said that Allah said: ‘The Fast is for Me and I will give the reward for it, as he (the one who observes the fast) leaves his sexual desire, food and drink for My Sake. Fasting is a screen (from hell), and there are two moments of pleasure (moments of happiness or joys) for a fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord. And the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better in Allah’s Sight than the smell of musk.’ [Bukhari]

Allah declared: ‘O you have believed! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was ordained for those before you, so that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious).’ Surat Al-Baqarah v183

‘Whoever observes (fasts) during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s Rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.’ [Bukhari & Muslim]

Abu Ayyoob al-Ansaari narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whoever fasts Ramadaan then follows it with six days of Shawwaal, it will be like fasting for a lifetime.” [Sahih Muslim]

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Whoever fasts Ramadaan, a month is like ten months, and fasting six days after al-Fitr will complete the year.” [Ahmad]

‘Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said: My nation is given 5 privileges in the month of Ramadan that no nation was given before:

  • The khaloof (odour of the mouth of a fasting person) is sweeter in the sight of Allah than the fragrance of musk
  • The angels keep praying to Allah to forgive the fasting people until they break their fast
  • Allah decorates Paradise every day saying to it ‘My righteous slaves are about to be comforted of their burdens and sufferings and enter you’
  • The Shayateen are chained during this month
  • Sins of the believers are forgiven  by the last night of Ramadan. [Muslim]

Free Campaign Literature

Check The Label    Check The Label poster       Check The Label postcard1    Check The Label cartoon strip

Check the Label Campaign Video

Coverage of Last Years Campaign:

Supporters

Zaytoun     Palestine Solidarity Campaign        MDUK     Islamic Forum of Europe    FOSIS   Jews for boycotting Israeli goods    Holborn Muslim Circles    Britih Muslim Initiative   Muslimaat    Young Muslim Organisation

Stand Up 4 Islam!

Other Ramadan Posts:

Ramadan 2015: Some Questions and Answers on Fasting

Ramadan 2015: Make a change in this month of fasting

Ramadan 2015: Some Do’s and Don’t’s

Ramadan 2015: 100 Ramadan Tips and Suggestions

Ramadan 2015: Benefits of Fasting

Ramadan 2015: Fasting Basics

Ramadan 2015: A dua for Ramadan

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

The Ummah is under attack. In fact, the Ummah has been under attack for decades upon decades.

The oppressors come under the guise of peacemakers, as Allah Warned us:

“And when it is said to them: “Make not mischief on the earth,” they say: “We are only peacemakers.””- Qur’an, Surat Al-Baqarah, v11

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Gaza and Palestine has been under attack for over 64 years, since it’s creation by the World Zionist Organisation and the United Nations (the organisation that claims to protect but has failed to do so with Palestine). The UK was instrumental in this, so it’s naive to think there will be help from these quarters. The USA is influenced heavily by the Israelis and no international policy on Israel is passed without their approval. Egypt and Jordan signed peace treaties with Israel and in doing so, stands by idly whilst children are killed, families are torn apart and the Muslims are being slaughtered. The Saudi family was put in place by the British and have served their role ever since. These regimes are only there to halt any uprising amongst the Muslims and to keep the balance of power in Israel’s favour.

The Israelis have used the holocaust to protect themselves from any attack – they play the sympathy card but after 70 years, it’s wearing thin. Especially when they’ve instigated their own holocaust on the Muslims.

The Muslims have been set upon to fight each other and this must now stop, because the UMMAH is under fire: Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central African Republic, Nigeria and so on… these are all lands of the Ummah. This is one body, not several split into countries that have become self-serving and nationalistic.

It’s time to wake up and stop fighting each other. It’s time to wake up and realise that the divisions between the Muslims have been put there by unscrupulous people to keep us arguing against each other and keep our energies wasted on each other. It’s time to wake up and realise that the differences you have with your brothers and sisters are part of a game from those who would benefit from keeping Muslims apart. We have always had one true aqeedah and that is within the Qur’an and the authentic hadith – learn this so you ensure the Guidance and Help from Allah reaches you.

You need to make sure any conflict is not about that country. We are ONE UMMAH. We always have been, even though some generations forgot this. There is no nationalistic divide between us. Do not call for the freedom of Gaza. Do not call for the fredom of Palestine. Do not call for the end to atrocities of the Syrians. If you call upon this, you will only get temporary respite. We are all MUSLIMS. So call upon the defence of the Ummah, call upon the defence of Islam. And in this way you invite the Help and Victory of Allah.

Remember always, we are one Ummah. What happens in one part affects the other. We cannot ignore the sufferings of the peoples of the world. We must help. And it starts by helping ourselves to strengthen the Ummah and make it ONE.

What will you do to unite with your brothers and sisters?

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

There are majority Muslims in Palestine. They are Muslim first.

Gaza is the Land of the Ummah.

We are not nationalists.

We are ONE NATION. ONE BODY. ONE UMMAH.

When one part is hurt, the whole body hurts.

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

HSBC Bank issues notice to Ummah Welfare Trust to shut it’s account down

This is the wider war – Boycott HSBC bank.

As the war rages in Gaza and innocent Muslims are killed, HSBC Bank has issued Ummah Welfare Trust a notice of only two months to close down its accounts.

This is very similar to what Barclays did to Ummah Welfare Trust during the previous Gaza war in 2008.

In response Ummah Welfare Trust will be increasing its support towards the Orphans, Widows and the injured in Gaza through its other Bank accounts.

The charity appeals to the Ummah and those who support and sympathise with the Humanitarian cause of the Palestinians to support us by doing the following:

  1. Boycott and close down your personal and business accounts with HSBC.
  2. Inform your contacts worldwide in the Muslim world and further afar to boycott HSBC Global.
  3. Continue donating to the charity on http://www.uwt.org to increase our aid efforts.
  4. Protest by sending an email to managingdirectoruk@hsbc.com

 

For all media and other enquiries relating to this issue please email Ummah Welfare Trust at PRenquiries@uwt.org or call (+44) 1204 661037

Ummah Welfare Trust is a UK based registered charity operating in over 20 countries worldwide.

Watch “UWT statement on HSBC account closure” on YouTube – UWT statement on HSBC account closure: http://youtu.be/jS_AiFwOT4I
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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

GAZA BELONGS TO THE UMMAH. IT IS MUSLIM LAND. IT IS ALLAH’S LAND

…The UMMAH IS UNDER ATTACK!

BOYCOTT ISRAELI GOODS – THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT MONEY!

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KIMBERLY-CLARK
In 1998 Mr. Robert P. Van der Merwe, chairman of Kimberly-Clark Europe received the Jubilee Award by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. This is the highest tribute ever awarded by the “State of Israel” in recognition of those individuals and organizations, that through their investments and trade relationships, have done the most to strengthen the Israeli economy.

COCA-COLA
From 1966 onward Coca-Cola has been a staunch supporter of Israel. Recently the Government of Israel Economic Mission honored Coca-Cola at the Israel Trade Award Dinner for its continued support of Israel for the last 30 years and for refusing to abide by the Arab League boycott of Israel.

NESTLE
Swiss food giant Nestle will set up a global research and development center for snack foods next year in Sderot, a town in Israel’s Negev desert, the Maariv newspaper reported on Sunday. Nestle owns 50.1 percent of Israeli food maker Osem Investments and the two together produce snack foods at a plant in Sderot.

INTEL
Intel is one of the biggest supporters of Israel. Their very first development center outside the US was opened in Haifa in 1974. Since then they have continued pouring investment in to Israel. By year 2000 they employed over 4000 Israelis. Exports from their Lachish-Qiryat Gat plant in israel total $3 million a day at peak capacity – approximately $ 1 billion a year. The Intel plant at “Qiryat Gat” is built on land Israel confiscated from the Palestinian villages of Iraq al Manshiya. Iraq al Manshiya was a village of 2000 people living in 300 houses with two mosques and one school. The original Palestinian inhabitants were terrorized out of the village and then the whole village was razed to the ground to prepare the way for the new Israeli settlement of Qiryat Gat. Today the remaining population from Iraq al Manshiya is still not allowed to return.

MOTOROLA

Motorola supplies Israel with the military tools it needs to sustain its occupation and oppression of the Palestinians – from fuses for aircraft bombs and guided missiles; military encrypted comms systems with transportable units which deploy with the army in to the battle field; advanced radar/thermal camera surveillance systems for the settlements; metal detection gates used at checkpoints; and a cellular network tailored for the settlements. Its economic investment in Israel, which dates back to 1948, is huge and in recognition Motorola has received the Jubilee Award.

SARA LEE
In 1998, Mr. Lucien Nessim of Sara Lee Personal Products received the Jubilee Award by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. This is the highest tribute ever awarded by the “State of Israel” in recognition of those individuals and organizations, that through their investments and trade relationships, have done the most to strengthen the Israeli economy

DISNEY
The Disney Company is owned by Jewish Mogul Michael Eisner. He owns a vast media empire that includes the ABC television network, numerous news dailies, national magazines, Hollywood film companies and a large number of radio stations. One radio station in Los Angeles, KABC 790 AM recently broadcast comments by Jewess Gloria Alred to the effect that the Islamic prisoners at Guantanamo should be tortured by having their “balls” extracted with pliers in order to make them talk. The news and commentaries made through Michael Eisner’s media octopus are extremely Islamophobic and anti-Palestinian.

DANONE

In July 1998 Danone opened its R&D facility in Israel – the Danone Insitute, and later the same year in October 1998 Mr. Franck Riboud, on behalf of Danone received the Jubilee Award by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.[Jubilee Award]

Danone owns a 20% share of Israel’s second largest food company, the Strauss Group. Danaone Israel is the hub supplying Danone products to the whole Middle-East including Turkey, Greece, Egypt and Jordan.

SODASTREAM

SodaStream is an Israeli company manufacturing and distributing home carbonating devices and flavorings for soft drinks. The company’s main plant is located in the industrial zone of MishorEdomim which is an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank. KavLaOved, the NGO committed to protecting the rights of disadvantaged workers in Israeli companies, has reported that SodaStream factory workers, in particular Palestinians, are paid less than half the minimum wage and has described the working conditions in the factory as “one of the worst”, with workers being fired if they complain of the conditions.

SodaStream brands include: SodaStream, Soda-Club, AlcoJet, Sprudelino, Aquabar, Gazoz, Aquafizz, Aquabubbler, Penguin, Sodamaker, Fountain Jet and Edition1. Its products are available in Argos, Asda, Comets, Currys, Harvey Nichols, Homebase, John Lewis, Robert Dyas, Selfridges and House of Fraser.

STARBUCKS

Howard Schultz, the founder, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Starbucks who also owns 31.6 million shares of Starbucks stock (worth around $1.4 billion in Nov 2011) is an active zionist.

MCDONALDS

McDonald’s Corporation is a major corporate partner of the Jewish United Fund and Jewish Federation. According to the Jewish United Fund, through its Israel Commission it “works to maintain American military, economic and diplomatic support for Israel; monitors and, when necessary, responds to media coverage of Israel”. The Jewish United Fund also runs “Fun-filled Summer Family Missions to Israel” where families get to “visit an army base and meet with Israeli soldiers” and “visit our sister city, Kiryat Gat and see the important work we are doing there”. Kiryat Gat is built on stolen Palestinian land – the lands of the villages of Iraq Al Manshiya and Al-Faluja whose residents were ethnically cleansed in 1949 in contravention of International Law. Through its “Partnership to Israel” programme, the Jewish United Fund provides $1.3 million annually to help further settlement and development of Kiryat Gat. The Jewish Federation, through its Israel Action Network is tasked to fight “efforts to boycott Israeli products” and “campaigns, such as equating Israel with apartheid South Africa”.

Another way McDonald’s supports the Jewish United Fund is by running a partnership scheme whereby they will match any donation an employee make to the Jewish United Fund with its own equal size donation.

McDonald’s first restaurant in the Middle East was in Israel, opened in 1993, since then it has 160 restaurants in Israel (1996) with a 60% market share, employing around 4000 Israelis. Since April 2009 McDonald’s has also opened 15 branches of McCafe chain in Israel, with plans to open 10 new branches every year.

McDonalds discriminates against its Arab workers, in 2004 it sacked an Arab worker in Israel because she was caught speaking arabic to another Arab employee. Arabic, along with Hebrew, is the official language of Israel spoken by 20% of the population.

According to the American Jewish Committee (AJC), whose Executive Director “regularly meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”, McDonald’s in July 2001 immediately pulled an advertising campaign in Egypt when the ADC contacted them to complaint that the singer featured in the advert had in the past performed a song critical of Israel. Within 24 hours of the complaint, the advert was cancelled and according to the Egyptian franchise of McDonald’s “all copies of the tapes were whisked ‘back to the main offices'”!

TESCO

Tesco stores stock a large amount of produce grown in the Occupied Territories and purchased from the Israeli state, including fruit and vegetables from producer Carmel-Agrexco. Israeli products stocked by Tesco include fruit juice, mangoes, avocados, grapes, stonefruit, dates, herbs, pickled cucumbers, Exquisa potatoes, mixed peppers (from Israel and a second country of origin), Barkan wine, Yarden wine, biscuits, cold meat, dips, Osem soups and cakes, snacks by Beigel & Beigel, Telma (soup mixes and cubes, noodles etc) and socks (Tesco’s own brand).

Tesco sells products from illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, many of which are exported by Carmel Agrexco. The company admitted sourcing ‘a number of products’ from illegal settlements, including avocados, herbs, grapes and stonefruit, such as peaches, from farms in the West Bank and Golan Heights. In 2006 War on Want reported that Tesco sells Beigel and Beigel products sourced from the settlements. Tesco also sells gas cylinders for products made by settlement company Soda Club, and repackages settlement dates from Hadiklaim as Tesco own brand dates. Mehadrin-Tnuport Export Company (MTex) supplies Tesco with settlement citrus fruit and there are links between Tesco and the Arava settlement company.

In October 2007, a group of campaigners from the Brighton Tubas Friendship and Solidarity Group entered Tomer settlement in the occupied Jordan Valley and photographed medjoul dates, packaged by Carmel Agrexco, labelled ‘Made in Israel’ and marked as bound for Tesco stores.

Products exported as ‘Made in Israel’ benefit from the preferential trade terms of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which came into effect in 2000. Settlement products, however, are excluded from the beneficial terms of the EU-IAA.

When ITN screened an expose in 2007 accusing supermarkets of misleading British consumers, Tesco admitted it had acted “in error” and stated that Israeli dates “originating solely in the West Bank will [in the future] be labelled as such.”

BIGCampaign and others groups have been campaigning against the ‘West Bank’ label as it misleads consumers into believing produce from illegal settlements is actually Palestinian. The Palestinian General Delegation to the UK has written a letter of protest to Tesco, and other retailers, for persisting in the use of this misleading label.

Tesco says that ‘freedom of choice’ is one of the company’s priorities and consumers can choose not to buy Israeli products. However, in correspondence with campaigners in 2006, Tesco representatives said they were phasing out Tesco’s line of Israeli peppers due to consumer pressure. Boycott Israeli Goods campaigners have also consistently attended the Tesco AGM to raise the issue of settlement produce and propose a boycott of Israeli goods.

John Porter, one of the principal shareholders in Tesco, also has substantial investments in Israeli companies. In 2000, Tesco awarded a $1 million IT contract to the Israeli firm Tescom to provide a solution for Tesco’s Year 2000 conversion requirements.

During the bombing of Gaza, Tesco was targeted across the country by campaigners calling for a boycott of Israeli goods. In Swansea, activists stole Israeli settlement produce from Tesco and sprayed it with red dye to highlight Tesco’s complicity in Israel’s war crimes by profiting from settlement produce and enabling the settlements to trade and profit from their illegal occupation of Palestinian land.

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CONDEMN ISRAEL’S ACTIONS

When 9/11 happened, the whole world (or rather the USA, UK and Europe) demanded that the Muslims apologise and condemn this act.

We should then demand that the following prominent Jews CONDEMN Israel’s actions:

Born in the 1990s

Name Nationality Prominent Roles
Jonah Bobo American Zathura
Flora Cross French-born American Bee Season
Zoey Deutch American Vampire Academy
Esti Ginzburg Israeli Twelve
Zachary Gordon American Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Alexander Gould American Finding Nemo, Weeds
Logan Lerman American Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Hoot
Jonathan Lipnicki American Jerry Maguire, Like Mike
James Maslow American Big Time Rush
Ezra Miller American City Island, Beware the Gonzo, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Sarah Ramos American American Dreams
Daryl Sabara American Spy Kids series
Adiel Stein American Stolen Summer
Gregg Sulkin British Avalon High
Matt Weinberg American Haunted Lighthouse
Zoe Weizenbaum American Memoirs of a Geisha
Alex Wolff American The Naked Brothers Band
Nat Wolff American The Naked Brothers Band

Born in the 1980s

Name Nationality Prominent Roles
Skylar Astin American Pitch Perfect
Dianna Agron American Glee
Justin Berfield American Malcolm in the Middle
Rachel Bilson American The O.C., The Last Kiss,Hart of Dixie
Josh Bowman British Revenge
Alison Brie American Community, Mad Men
Amanda Bynes American She’s the Man, Hairspray, The Amanda Show
Lizzy Caplan American Mean Girls, Cloverfield, Party Down, True Blood
Matt Cohen American South of Nowhere
Lauren Collins Canadian Degrassi: The Next Generation
Kat Dennings American Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,2 Broke Girls
Drake Canadian Degrassi: The Next Generation
Lena Dunham American Girls
Zac Efron American
Jesse Eisenberg American The Social Network
Alden Ehrenreich American Tetro
Jake Epstein Canadian Degrassi: The Next Generation
Stacey Farber Canadian Degrassi: The Next Generation
Ben Feldman American The Perfect Man
Donna Feldman American You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
Jeremy Ferdman Canadian
Ben Foster American X-Men: The Last Stand
Jon Foster American Stay Alive
Shayna Fox American
Jason Fuchs American Holy Rollers
Josh Gad American The Rocker, 21, Love and Other Drugs
Gal Gadot Israeli Fast & Furious
Romola Garai British Atonement, Emma
Andrew Garfield American-born British Lions for Lambs, The Social Network, The Amazing Spider-Man
Rafi Gavron British Inkheart
Gideon Glick American Spring Awakening
Jake Goldsbie Canadian
Joseph Gordon-Levitt American 10 Things I Hate About You, (500) Days of Summer, Premium Rush
Ari Graynor American Holy Rollers, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,Whip It
Katerina Graham Swiss-born American The Vampire Diaries
Eva Green French The Dreamers, Casino Royale
Zena Grey American Max Keeble’s Big Move
Jake Gyllenhaal American Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain
Simon Helberg American The Big Bang Theory, A Serious Man
Jonah Hill American Superbad, Moneyball, The Wolf of Wall Street
Aaron Himelstein American Austin Powers in Goldmember
Will Janowitz American The Sopranos
Scarlett Johansson American Lost in Translation, Match Point
Robert Kazinsky British EastEnders
Jonathan Keltz American Entourage, Prom, 21 & Over
Shane Kippel Canadian Degrassi: The Next Generation
Mila Kunis Ukrainian-born American That ’70s Show, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Shia LaBeouf American Transformers, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Eagle Eye
Melanie Laurent French Je vais bien, ne t’en fais pas, Inglourious Basterds
Alex D. Linz American Home Alone 3, Max Keeble’s Big Move
Shiri Maimon Israeli
John Magaro American The Life Before Her Eyes, Assassination of a High School President
Eli Marienthal American Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, The Iron Giant
Scott Mechlowicz American EuroTrip, Mean Creek
Christopher Mintz-Plasse American Superbad, Role Models,
Julian Morris British Pretty Little Liars, ER, Cry Wolf
Sara Paxton American Darcy’s Wild Life, Aquamarine
Josh Peck American Drake & Josh
Ashley Peldon American
Courtney Peldon American
Alisan Porter American Curly Sue
Natalie Portman Israeli-born American Star Wars, V for Vendetta, Black Swan
Laura Prepon American That ’70s Show
Daniel Radcliffe British Harry Potter in the Harry Potter film series
Ben Rappaport American Outsourced
Nikki Reed American Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown, The Twilight Saga
Bar Refaeli Israeli Session
Max Rhyser American A Four Letter Word, Homeland, Violet Tendencies
Seth Rogen Canadian Pineapple Express, Knocked Up
Emmy Rossum American The Phantom of the Opera, Poseidon
Lara Sacher Australian Neighbours
Ben Schwartz American Peep World, Undercovers, House of Lies
Jason Segel American How I Met Your Mother, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Jamie-Lynn Sigler American The Sopranos, Entourage
Nick Simmons American
Jenny Slate American Saturday Night Live
Marla Sokoloff American Big Day
Lauren Storm American Flight 29 Down
Ninet Tayeb Israeli
Khleo Thomas American Holes
Ashley Tisdale American High School Musical
Michelle Trachtenberg American Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gossip Girl, 17 Again
Jonathan Tucker American The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Ruins
Raviv (Ricky) Ullman Israeli-born American Phil of the Future
Michael Welch American Joan of Arcadia
Mara Wilson American Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street
Evan Rachel Wood American Thirteen, The Upside of Anger, Across the Universe
James Wolk American Lone Star, Shameless
Anton Yelchin Russian-born American Alpha Dog, Terminator Salvation, Star Trek XI
Michael Zegen American Rescue Me, Boardwalk Empire
Joey Zimmerman American Halloweentown

Born in the 1970s

Name Nationality Prominent Roles
Shiri Appleby American Roswell
David Arquette American Scream, See Spot Run
Mili Avital Israeli Stargate
Elizabeth Banks American The Hunger Games
Sandy Bar Israeli
Sacha Baron Cohen British Ali G, Borat, Brüno,The Dictator
Justin Bartha American Gigli, National Treasure, The Hangover
Dani Behr British
Amber Benson American Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Elizabeth Berkley American Saved By The Bell, Showgirls
Josh Bernstein American Digging for the Truth
Jon Bernthal American The Walking Dead
Mayim Bialik American Blossom,The Big Bang Theory
Claudia Black Australian Farscape,Queen of the Damned
Michael Ian Black American
Selma Blair American Cruel Intentions, Hellboy
Alex Borstein American Family Guy
Caprice Bourret American/British
Zach Braff American Scrubs, Garden State
Tamara Braun American
Adam Brody American The O.C.
Adrien Brody American The Pianist
Sarah Brown American
Brooke Burke American
James Callis British Battlestar Galactica
Josh Charles American The Good Wife, Sports Night, Dead Poets Society
David Charvet French-born American Baywatch
Emmanuelle Chriqui Canadian
Jennifer Connelly American
Eric Dane American Grey’s Anatomy, Marley & Me, Valentine’s Day
Erin Daniels American The L Word
Meital Dohan Israeli Weeds
Oded Fehr Israeli/American The Mummy, Resident Evil
Corey Feldman American
Mark Feuerstein American Royal Pains
Isla Fisher Australian Confessions of a Shopaholic,The Great Gatsby
James Franco American James Dean, Spider-Man, 127 Hours
Soleil Moon Frye American Punky Brewster
Sarah Michelle Gellar American Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Sara Gilbert American Roseanne
Jessalyn Gilsig Canadian Nip/Tuck
Elon Gold American
Iddo Goldberg Israeli Defiance
Ginnifer Goodwin American Once Upon a Time
Seth Green American Robot Chicken, Austin Powers
Bryan Greenberg American Prime
Becky Griffin American
Maggie Gyllenhaal American
Corey Haim Canadian
Chelsea Handler American Chelsea Lately
Samantha Harris American
Cole Hauser American
Daniel Hendler Uruguayan Bottom of the Sea, Family Law
Oliver Hudson American
Kate Hudson American Almost Famous, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Oliver Hudson American
Rashida Jones American The Office
Omri Katz American Dallas
Mia Kirshner Canadian The L Word,24
Alla Korot Ukrainian-born American
Lisa Kushell American MADtv, co-host of Dinner and a Movie
David Krumholtz American NUMB3RS
Juliet Landau American
Aaron Lazar American
  1. Edgar, The Notorious Bettie Page
Matt Lucas British The Infidel
Michael Lucas Russian-born
Jamie Luner American Melrose Place
Natasha Lyonne American American Pie
Gabriel Macht American
Idina Menzel American
  1. J. Novak
American The Office, Inglourious Basterds
Gwyneth Paltrow American
Adam Pascal American Rent
Amanda Peet American
Melanie Peres Israeli
Joaquin Phoenix American Walk the Line
Rain Phoenix American
River Phoenix American
Summer Phoenix American
Josh Radnor American How I Met Your Mother
Leah Remini American The King of Queens
Simon Rex American
Michael Rosenbaum American Smallville
Eli Roth American
Maya Rudolph American Saturday Night Live
Winona Ryder American
John Safran Australian
Sarah Saltzberg American
Andy Samberg American Saturday Night Live
Fred Savage American Wonder Years
Michael Showalter American
Maggie Siff American Mad Men,Sons of Anarchy,Push
Sarah Silverman American
Alicia Silverstone American Clueless, Batman and Robin
Ione Skye British-born American Say Anything…
Lindsay Sloane American
Bahar Soomekh Iranian-born American Crash
Tori Spelling American Beverly Hills 90210
Jordana Spiro American My Boys
Rachel Stevens British
Corey Stoll American North Country, Lucky Number Slevin
Matt Stone American South Park
Danny Strong American
Tara Strong Canadian Drawn Together, Ben 10
Kevin Sussman American Ugly Betty, Burn After Reading
Mageina Tovah American
Scott Weinger American Full House, Aladdin
Kevin Weisman American
Rachel Weisz British
Jennifer Westfeldt American Kissing Jessica Stein
Marissa Jaret Winokur American Hairspray stage version
Noah Wyle American ER
Michal Yannai American Avenue Q
Nikki Ziering American

Born in the 1960s

Name Nationality Prominent Roles
Paula Abdul American
Paul Adelstein American Prison Break, Private Practice
Ronni Ancona British (Scottish)
Mathieu Amalric French Munich
Patricia Arquette American
Yvan Attal Israeli Munich, Rush Hour 3
Hank Azaria American
David Baddiel British
David Alan Basche American
Randall Batinkoff American For Keeps?
Mary Kay Bergman American South Park
Troy Beyer American
Craig Bierko American Cinderella Man
Jack Black American School of Rock
Yasmine Bleeth American Baywatch
Lisa Bonet American The Cosby Show
Helena Bonham Carter British
Gabrielle Carteris American Beverly Hills 90210
Scott Cohen American
Mindy Cohn American The Facts of Life, Scooby Doo
David Cross American
Dean Devlin American
Don Diamont American The Young and the Restless
Lisa Edelstein American House
David Eigenberg American
Jon Favreau American
Vanessa Feltz British
Dan Futterman American
Jeff Garlin American Curb Your Enthusiasm
Brad Garrett American
Gina Gershon American
Jami Gertz American
Melissa Gilbert American
Judy Gold American
Bill Goldberg American
Jennifer Grey American Dirty Dancing
Arye Gross American
Annabelle Gurwitch American Hostess of TBS’s Dinner and a Movie
Evan Handler American Sex and the City, Californication
Jessica Hecht American
Monica Horan American Everybody Loves Raymond
Jason Isaacs British Harry Potter, The Patriot, Brotherhood
Peter Jacobson American
Lesli Kay American The Bold and the Beautiful
Paul Kaye British
Heather Paige Kent American
Marc Kudisch American
Lisa Kudrow American Friends
John Lehr American 10 Items or Less
Jennifer Jason Leigh American
Paul Lieberstein American
Joshua Malina American
Camryn Manheim American The Practice
Cindy Margolis American
Julianna Margulies American ER
Brett Marx American The Bad News Bears
Marlee Matlin American Children of a Lesser God
Debra Messing American Will & Grace
Dina Meyer American Saw films
Ari Meyers American Kate & Allie
Sasha Mitchell American Step by Step
Maia Morgenstern Romanian The Passion of the Christ
Rob Morrow American Northern Exposure, Numb3rs
Sophie Okonedo British Hotel Rwanda
Sarah Jessica Parker American
Sean Penn American
Jeremy Piven American Entourage
Rain Pryor American
Ted Raimi American
Adam Rich American Eight is Enough
Paul Rudd American
Adam Sandler American Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, Grown Ups
Rebecca Schaeffer American
Rob Schneider American
Bitty Schram American
Liev Schreiber American
Scott Schwartz American A Christmas Story, The Toy
David Schwimmer American Friends
Sam Seder American
Kyra Sedgwick American
Ally Sheedy American The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire
Ben Shenkman American Angels in America, Then She Found Me
Pauly Shore American Encino Man,Son in Law,Bio-Dome
Jonathan Silverman American
Laura Silverman American The Sarah Silverman Program, The Comeback
Helen Slater American
Georgia Slowe British
Rena Sofer American
Jon Stewart American The Daily Show
Ben Stiller American Keeping the Faith, Zoolander
Michael Stuhlbarg American A Serious Man, Boardwalk Empire
Alex Winter British/American Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Lost Boys
Scott Wolf American Party of Five
Ian Ziering American Beverly Hills 90210
Ayelet Zurer Israeli Munich, Vantage Point

Born in the 1950s

Name Nationality/Profession Prominent Roles
Caroline Aaron American actress and producer Wings
Jason Alexander American actor Seinfeld
Adam Arkin American television, film, and stage actor
Tom Arnold American actor and comedian
Rosanna Arquette American actress, film director, and film producer
Ellen Barkin American actress
Roseanne Barr American actress, writer, talk-show host and comedienne
Robby Benson American actor, former teen idol
Sandra Bernhard American actress and comedian
Mike Binder American screenwriter, film director and actor
Kate Capshaw American actress Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Allan Corduner British television, film, and stage actor Topsy Turvy, Defiance
Katie Couric American media personality Shark Tale
Jamie Lee Curtis American film actress, successful writer
Daniel Day-Lewis British-born Academy Award–winning actor
Fran Drescher American film and television actress
Ben Elton British comedian, actor and writer
Susie Essman American stand-up comedian, television and film actress Curb Your Enthusiasm
Tovah Feldshuh American actress, singer, and playwright
Harvey Fierstein American actor, author, and singer
Al Franken American comedian, actor, author, politician
Stephen Fry British comedian, author, actor and filmmaker
Mira Furlan Croatian actress/singer
Brian George Canadian, British-Israeli actor
Kathie Lee Gifford American singer, songwriter, and actress
Joanna Gleason Canadian-born actress
Jeff Goldblum American Academy Award–nominated film actor
Henry Goodman British theatre actor
Steve Guttenberg American actor
Mary Hart American former actress and television personality Entertainment Tonight
Nina Hartley American adult film actress
Dominique Horwitz French actor Anne Frank: The Whole Story, Shooting Dogs
Amy Irving American actress
Ron Jeremy American adult film actor
Toni Kalem American film, television actress, screenwriter and director
Carol Kane American Academy Award–nominated actress
Julie Kavner American film/television actress voice of Marge on The Simpsons
Richard Kind American actor
Stepfanie Kramer American actress Hunter
John Landis American actor, director, writer, and producer
Carol Leifer American comedienne and actress
Dani Levy Swiss/German filmmaker, theatrical director, actor
Jon Lovitz American actor and comedian
Joan Lunden American broadcaster, who also acted Good Morning America
Howie Mandel Canadian comedian and actor
Dinah Manoff American actress Grease, I Ought to Be in Pictures, Empty Nest
Melanie Mayron American actress and director Thirtysomething
Fred Melamed American actor and writer A Serious Man
Kay Mellor British actress, scriptwriter and director
Larry Miller American stand-up comedian, actor
Rick Moranis Canadian comic actor
Don Most American actor Happy Days
Judd Nelson American actor The Breakfast Club
Bebe Neuwirth American Tony Award–winning theater, television, and film
Laraine Newman American comedienne and actress
Ken Olin American actor, director and producer
Mandy Patinkin American actor of stage and screen
Lorna Patterson American film, stage and television actress
David Paymer American character actor
Ron Perlman American film/television actor Hellboy
Kevin Pollak American actor, impressionist and comedian
Paul Reiser American actor, author and stand-up comedian Mad About You
Paul Reubens American actor and comedian
Tanya Roberts American actress Charlie’s Angels
Alan Rosenberg American actor of stage and screen
Cecilia Roth Argentine actress What Have I Done to Deserve This?, Antigua, My Life
Katey Sagal American actress, singer, and writer
  1. .. with Children
Bob Saget American actor, stand-up comedian and game show host
Herschel Savage American adult film actor and director
Richard Schiff American actor The West Wing
Steven Seagal American action movie actor and director
Jerry Seinfeld American comedian, actor, and writer Seinfeld
Jane Seymour British-born film/television actress
Wendie Jo Sperber American television/movie actress
Howard Stern American radio and TV personality
Stephen Tobolowsky American actor
Robert Trebor American actor Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess
Debra Winger American Academy Award–nominated actress
Mare Winningham American film and television actress

 

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

Despite the hundreds murdered by Israelis, thousands that have been injured and tens of thousands whose homes have been destroyed, Palestine is not under attack.

…The UMMAH IS UNDER ATTACK!

It’s time to stop making this an issue about Palestine – it isn’t. Islam is not a natioanlistic religion. Muslims are not nationalists – wherever there are Muslims in the world, they are our concern and there is no barrier between us and them. This is not an attack on Palestine, this is an attack on the Muslim Ummah, this is an attack on Islam. And the Israelis will never leave us in peace.

Israel hides behind excuses, pretending to be the victim. But the numbers and facts say otherwise:

  • over 350 Muslims in Gaza murdered, many children, described as ‘terrorist threats’ and acceptable human collateral (according to the BBC, who is pro-Israeli reporting)
  • more than 2,800 Muslims have been injured from the attacks
  • more than 50,000 Muslims in Gaza have been seeking shelter from the attacks (according to the UN, which idly stands by and allows Israel to continue the massacres)
  • Less than 10 Israelis dead in comparison (is an Israeli life worth more than the hundreds of Muslims killed and butchered by Israelis?)

All that Barack Obama can do is say that he’s “deeply concerned” – what a helpful statement! All talk and no action. Gaza has a population of around 1.8 million Muslims – when will the Israelis be satisfied? When all our Muslims brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers and children are dead? There is more to the bombings and killings than the powers-to-be will admit to. They stand without action, allowing innocents to be killed. They do this time and again. They have done this for the past 56 years.

Isn’t it time that Muslims stopped listening to the hypocrisy? The USA and UK and European allies have no interest in saving Muslim lives – they would have done this in the past 56 years but haven’t. There’s no point in protesting to powers who are not interested in listening to our pleas.

It’s time that Muslims took control of the situation and started to pressure the neighbouring Muslim countries to step in and stop the hostilities, to defend Muslims in Gaza, to defend the Ummah and Islam.

 

Muslim children targetted by Israel

Muslim children targetted by Israel

A Muslim child cries not to be left alone because his family is dead

A Muslim child cries not to be left alone because his family is dead

Who can abstain from crying and feeling empty in their hearts after seeing this

Who can abstain from crying and feeling empty in their hearts after seeing this

Ummah in Gaza under attack by Israelis

Ummah in Gaza under attack by Israelis

Ummah in Gaza under attack by Israelis

Ummah in Gaza under attack by Israelis

Protests

Proests around the world – but what will they achieve?

 

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

During Ramadan and fasting, it’s Sunnah to break your fast with dates. However, there is a campaign to boycott certain dates because the manufacturers are either directly or indirectly responsible and supporting the illegal occupation of Palestine the oppression of the Palestinians. By buying their dates, you will be helping to continue the occupation of Muslim lands in Palestine.

I have copied the below articles from the Friends of Al-Aqsa website:

Check The Label – Boycott Israeli Dates

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 four 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.

On Friday 27 June, after the last Jummah prayers before Ramadhan we want to do it all again and reach out to more people to help ensure no one breaks their fast with an Israeli date. We need your help again to:

– distribute leaflets after Friday prayers

– put up posters on your mosque notice board

– post up selfies holding the leaflet using #icheckthelabel

–    Use #icheckthelabel

     #icheckthelabel to stand with Palestinians
     #icheckthelabel because it’s the right thing to do
     #icheckthelabel because I have a voice
     #icheckthelabel because I have a voice and I’m going to use it
     #icheckthelabel because I don’t buy stolen goods #awkward
     #icheckthelabel because I have a choice #yaffa #zaytoun

     #icheckthelabel as I don’t want to fund Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine
     #icheckthelabel because I don’t want Israel profiting from the occupation
     #icheckthelabel so I’m doing my bit to end the occupation
     #icheckthelabel because I am not a thief. I don’t want to buy stolen goods

 

Order your campaign material now and get ready. Email admin@foa.org.uk with your address and the number of leaflets, poster and stickers you need. Please let us know which mosque you will distribute outside/put up a poster.

 

This Ramadan, Don’t Break your Fast with an Israeli Date

Ramadan is a time of year when we remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves.  It  would be an affront if at such a time we helped support oppression

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.

For this reason, Friends of Al Aqsa will again be launching the ‘Check the Label’ Campaign.

Volunteer Ambassador

Volunteer to be an ambassador for the Check the Label Campaign in your area. This will mean you will help promote the campaign in your area. This will include distributing leaflets, speaking to shop owners, setting up stalls and much more. become an Ambassador and order your free literature to help spread the word.

Check The Label

Most of the major supermarkets will stock dates produced in Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Dates produced in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley are from Illegal Israeli Settlements and should also be boycotted.

Check The Label postcard back

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.

Click here for the full text and endorsements

Palestinian Workers

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.

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.

Alternatives to Israeli Dates

There are plenty of varieties of dates from various other countries to break your fast. However if you would like  Medjoul dates from Palestine and  help the Palestinian farmers they are available from  YAFFA. YAFFA source there dates from Palestine and FOA are helping YAFFA distribute dates this Ramadhan.

Another provider is Zaytoun, www.zaytoun.org

Get Involved

There are two stages to this campaign:

Stage 1 – Contact and inform the wholesalers and shops.

Stage 2 – Contact and inform consumers.

Stage One

FOA have sent letters to over 1000 wholesalers and shops but we need your help to add the personal touch as that is the best method to encourage people to join the campaign.

There are 6 steps to this stage. We would like you to:

Preparation:

  1. If you can try and involve family and friends in the campaign.
  2. Print letters for Wholesalers and Shop Owners: Click here for the letter.
  3. Order Check the Label posters and postcards from dates@checkthelabel.org.uk so you can put poster up on shop windows and leave postcards on the counter (with permission)

Method:

  1. Identify the wholesalers, importers and shops in your area hand deliver the wholesaler/shop letters supplied by FOA.  Inform them about Israeli human rights abuses (you can give them of FOA leaflets).
  2. Tell wholesalers and shop owners about the concept of boycotting and how it has worked e.g. South Africa. Ask them to boycott dates from Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Explain West Bank and Jordan Valley are illegally occupied and buying dates from there would mean they are supporting the occupation of Palestine.
  3. Let them know that they can buy dates from many other countries, but if they want to buy medjoul dates from Palestine they can contact medjoul@checkthelabel.org.uk, (+44) (0)116 2125 441 or Zaytoun on (+44) (0)207 609 5699
  4. Keep in touch with the shops that you have approached and continue to encourage and support them to join the campaign.
  5. Write down addresses of shops which agree to support the campaign so we can write a letter to them to thank them for their support.
  6. Take pictures of the campaign and keep head office updated on your work in your locality.

Stage Two

Most of the people we have approached during the Check the Label campaign did not know dates are from Israel and also did not know that dates labelled West Bank or the Jordan Valley should also be Boycotted.   Once they were told, the overwhelming majority of people were happy to join the boycott.

Boycott is about people power.  We need your help to inform people they should ‘Check the Label’ and boycott dates from Israel, West Bank and Jordan Valley.

Preparation:

  1. If you can try and involve family and friends in the campaign.
  2. Print letters for mosques and organisations : Click here for the letter
  3. Order Check the Label posters and postcards from here so you can put poster up on shop windows and leave postcards on the counter (with permission).

Method:

  1. Identify Mosques and Community Centres in your area and hand deliver the Mosque/organisation letter supplied by FOA.  Inform them about Israeli human rights abuses (you can give them of FOA leaflets).
  2. Tell the mosque/ community centre contact about the concept of boycotting and how it has worked e.g. South Africa. Ask them to boycott dates from Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Explain West Bank and Jordan Valley are illegally occupied and buying dates from there would mean they are supporting the occupation of Palestine.
  3. Ask them if you can leave leaflets at the entrance and put up a poster
  4. Organise a time with friends and family to distribute outside the mosque after prayers, especially after Friday prayers.
  5. Let FOA know when you are planning to distribute outside mosques so we can try and co-ordinate with other volunteers.
  6. Contact your local newspaper and your local radio Ramadhan to let them know what is happening. Take photos when it is appropriate  and send updates to info@checkthelabel.org.uk

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It is during this month that the Shayateen are locked away in chains, that the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed and Laylat-ul-Qadr is to be found:

‘The month of Ramadan, in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the  criterion (between what is right and wrong)’ Surat Al-Baqarah v185

‘Verily! We have sent it (the Qur’an) down in Laylat-ul-Qadr (the Night of Decree). And what will make you know what the Night of Decree is? The Night of Decree is better than one thousand months..’ Surat Al-Qadr, v1-3

‘When the month of Ramadan arrives, the doors of Heaven are opened, the doors of Hell are closed and the devils put under chains.’ [Bukhari and Muslim]

Benefits of Fasting and Ramadan

Allah Commanded us to fast. It’s the one deed that is purely for Allah alone. And the benefits of fasting are many:

The Prophet (pbuh) said that Allah said: ‘The Fast is for Me and I will give the reward for it, as he (the one who observes the fast) leaves his sexual desire, food and drink for My Sake. Fasting is a screen (from hell), and there are two moments of pleasure (moments of happiness or joys) for a fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord. And the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better in Allah’s Sight than the smell of musk.’ [Bukhari]

Allah declared: ‘O you have believed! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was ordained for those before you, so that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious).’ Surat Al-Baqarah v183

‘Whoever observes (fasts) during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s Rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.’ [Bukhari & Muslim]

Abu Ayyoob al-Ansaari narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whoever fasts Ramadaan then follows it with six days of Shawwaal, it will be like fasting for a lifetime.” [Sahih Muslim]

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Whoever fasts Ramadaan, a month is like ten months, and fasting six days after al-Fitr will complete the year.” [Ahmad]

‘Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said: My nation is given 5 privileges in the month of Ramadan that no nation was given before:

  • The khaloof (odour of the mouth of a fasting person) is sweeter in the sight of Allah than the fragrance of musk
  • The angels keep praying to Allah to forgive the fasting people until they break their fast
  • Allah decorates Paradise every day saying to it ‘My righteous slaves are about to be comforted of their burdens and sufferings and enter you’
  • The Shayateen are chained during this month
  • Sins of the believers are forgiven  by the last night of Ramadan. [Muslim]

Free Campaign Literature

Check The Label    Check The Label poster       Check The Label postcard1    Check The Label cartoon strip

Check the Label Campaign Video

Coverage of Last Years Campaign:

Supporters

Zaytoun     Palestine Solidarity Campaign        MDUK     Islamic Forum of Europe    FOSIS   Jews for boycotting Israeli goods    Holborn Muslim Circles    Britih Muslim Initiative   Muslimaat    Young Muslim Organisation

Stand Up 4 Islam!

Other Ramadan Posts:

Ramadan 2014: Some Questions and Answers on Fasting

Ramadan 2014: Make a change in this month of fasting

Ramadan 2014: Some Do’s and Don’t’s

Ramadan 2014: 100 Ramadan Tips and Suggestions

Ramadan 2014: Benefits of Fasting

Ramadan 2014: A dua for Ramadan

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

During Ramadan and fasting, it’s Sunnah to break your fast with dates. However, there is a campaign to boycott certain dates because the manufacturers are either directly or indirectly responsible and supporting the illegal occupation of Palestine the oppression of the Palestinians. By buying their dates, you will be helping to continue the occupation of Muslim lands in Palestine.

I have copied the below article from the Friends of Al-Aqsa website:

This Ramadan, Don’t Break your Fast with an Israeli Date

Ramadan is a time of year when we remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves.  It  would be an affront if at such a time we helped support oppression

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.

For this reason, Friends of Al Aqsa will again be launching the ‘Check the Label’ Campaign.

Volunteer Ambassador

Volunteer to be an ambassador for the Check the Label Campaign in your area. This will mean you will help promote the campaign in your area. This will include distributing leaflets, speaking to shop owners, setting up stalls and much more. become an Ambassador and order your free literature to help spread the word.

Check The Label

Most of the major supermarkets will stock dates produced in Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Dates produced in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley are from Illegal Israeli Settlements and should also be boycotted.

Check The Label postcard back

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.

Click here for the full text and endorsements

Palestinian Workers

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.

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.

Alternatives to Israeli Dates

There are plenty of varieties of dates from various other countries to break your fast. However if you would like  Medjoul dates from Palestine and  help the Palestinian farmers they are available from  YAFFA. YAFFA source there dates from Palestine and FOA are helping YAFFA distribute dates this Ramadhan.

Another provider is Zaytoun, www.zaytoun.org

Get Involved

There are two stages to this campaign:

Stage 1 – Contact and inform the wholesalers and shops.

Stage 2 – Contact and inform consumers.

Stage One

FOA have sent letters to over 1000 wholesalers and shops but we need your help to add the personal touch as that is the best method to encourage people to join the campaign.

There are 6 steps to this stage. We would like you to:

Preparation:

  1. If you can try and involve family and friends in the campaign.
  2. Print letters for Wholesalers and Shop Owners: Click here for the letter.
  3. Order Check the Label posters and postcards from dates@checkthelabel.org.uk so you can put poster up on shop windows and leave postcards on the counter (with permission)

Method:

  1. Identify the wholesalers, importers and shops in your area hand deliver the wholesaler/shop letters supplied by FOA.  Inform them about Israeli human rights abuses (you can give them of FOA leaflets).
  2. Tell wholesalers and shop owners about the concept of boycotting and how it has worked e.g. South Africa. Ask them to boycott dates from Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Explain West Bank and Jordan Valley are illegally occupied and buying dates from there would mean they are supporting the occupation of Palestine.
  3. Let them know that they can buy dates from many other countries, but if they want to buy medjoul dates from Palestine they can contact medjoul@checkthelabel.org.uk, (+44) (0)116 2125 441 or Zaytoun on (+44) (0)207 609 5699
  4. Keep in touch with the shops that you have approached and continue to encourage and support them to join the campaign.
  5. Write down addresses of shops which agree to support the campaign so we can write a letter to them to thank them for their support.
  6. Take pictures of the campaign and keep head office updated on your work in your locality.

Stage Two

Most of the people we have approached during the Check the Label campaign did not know dates are from Israel and also did not know that dates labelled West Bank or the Jordan Valley should also be Boycotted.   Once they were told, the overwhelming majority of people were happy to join the boycott.

Boycott is about people power.  We need your help to inform people they should ‘Check the Label’ and boycott dates from Israel, West Bank and Jordan Valley.

Preparation:

  1. If you can try and involve family and friends in the campaign.
  2. Print letters for mosques and organisations : Click here for the letter
  3. Order Check the Label posters and postcards from here so you can put poster up on shop windows and leave postcards on the counter (with permission).

Method:

  1. Identify Mosques and Community Centres in your area and hand deliver the Mosque/organisation letter supplied by FOA.  Inform them about Israeli human rights abuses (you can give them of FOA leaflets).
  2. Tell the mosque/ community centre contact about the concept of boycotting and how it has worked e.g. South Africa. Ask them to boycott dates from Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Explain West Bank and Jordan Valley are illegally occupied and buying dates from there would mean they are supporting the occupation of Palestine.
  3. Ask them if you can leave leaflets at the entrance and put up a poster
  4. Organise a time with friends and family to distribute outside the mosque after prayers, especially after Friday prayers.
  5. Let FOA know when you are planning to distribute outside mosques so we can try and co-ordinate with other volunteers.
  6. Contact your local newspaper and your local radio Ramadhan to let them know what is happening. Take photos when it is appropriate  and send updates to info@checkthelabel.org.uk

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It is during this month that the Shayateen are locked away in chains, that the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed and Laylat-ul-Qadr is to be found:

‘The month of Ramadan, in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the  criterion (between what is right and wrong)’ Surat Al-Baqarah v185

‘Verily! We have sent it (the Qur’an) down in Laylat-ul-Qadr (the Night of Decree). And what will make you know what the Night of Decree is? The Night of Decree is better than one thousand months..’ Surat Al-Qadr, v1-3

‘When the month of Ramadan arrives, the doors of Heaven are opened, the doors of Hell are closed and the devils put under chains.’ [Bukhari and Muslim]

Benefits of Fasting and Ramadan

Allah Commanded us to fast. It’s the one deed that is purely for Allah alone. And the benefits of fasting are many:

The Prophet (pbuh) said that Allah said: ‘The Fast is for Me and I will give the reward for it, as he (the one who observes the fast) leaves his sexual desire, food and drink for My Sake. Fasting is a screen (from hell), and there are two moments of pleasure (moments of happiness or joys) for a fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord. And the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better in Allah’s Sight than the smell of musk.’ [Bukhari]

Allah declared: ‘O you have believed! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was ordained for those before you, so that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious).’ Surat Al-Baqarah v183

‘Whoever observes (fasts) during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s Rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.’ [Bukhari & Muslim]

Abu Ayyoob al-Ansaari narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whoever fasts Ramadaan then follows it with six days of Shawwaal, it will be like fasting for a lifetime.” [Sahih Muslim]

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Whoever fasts Ramadaan, a month is like ten months, and fasting six days after al-Fitr will complete the year.” [Ahmad]

‘Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said: My nation is given 5 privileges in the month of Ramadan that no nation was given before:

  • The khaloof (odour of the mouth of a fasting person) is sweeter in the sight of Allah than the fragrance of musk
  • The angels keep praying to Allah to forgive the fasting people until they break their fast
  • Allah decorates Paradise every day saying to it ‘My righteous slaves are about to be comforted of their burdens and sufferings and enter you’
  • The Shayateen are chained during this month
  • Sins of the believers are forgiven  by the last night of Ramadan. [Muslim]

Free Campaign Literature

Check The Label    Check The Label poster       Check The Label postcard1    Check The Label cartoon strip

Check the Label Campaign Video

Coverage of Last Years Campaign:

Supporters

Zaytoun     Palestine Solidarity Campaign        MDUK     Islamic Forum of Europe    FOSIS   Jews for boycotting Israeli goods    Holborn Muslim Circles    Britih Muslim Initiative   Muslimaat    Young Muslim Organisation

Stand Up 4 Islam!

Other Ramadan Posts:

Ramadan 2013: Some Questions and Answers on Fasting

Ramadan 2013: Make a change in this month of fasting

Ramadan 2013: Some Do’s and Don’t’s

Ramadan 2013: 100 Ramadan Tips and Suggestions

Ramadan 2013: Benefits of Fasting

Ramadan 2013: Boycott Israeli Dates

 

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Bismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

During Ramadan and fasting, it’s Sunnah to break your fast with dates. However, there is a campaign to boycott certain dates because the manufacturers are either directly or indirectly responsible and supporting the illegal occupation of Palestine the oppression of the Palestinians. By buying their dates, you will be helping to continue the occupation of Muslim lands in Palestine.

I have copied the below article from the Friends of Al-Aqsa website:

This Ramadan, Don’t Break your Fast with an Israeli Date

Ramadan is a time of year when we remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves.  It  would be an affront if at such a time we helped support oppression

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.

For this reason, Friends of Al Aqsa will again be launching the ‘Check the Label’ Campaign.

Volunteer Ambassador

Volunteer to be an ambassador for the Check the Label Campaign in your area. This will mean you will help promote the campaign in your area. This will include distributing leaflets, speaking to shop owners, setting up stalls and much more. become an Ambassador and order your free literature to help spread the word.

Check The Label

Most of the major supermarkets will stock dates produced in Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Dates produced in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley are from Illegal Israeli Settlements and should also be boycotted.

Check The Label postcard back

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.

Click here for the full text and endorsements

Palestinian Workers

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.

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.

Alternatives to Israeli Dates

There are plenty of varieties of dates from various other countries to break your fast. However if you would like  Medjoul dates from Palestine and  help the Palestinian farmers they are available from  YAFFA. YAFFA source there dates from Palestine and FOA are helping YAFFA distribute dates this Ramadhan.

Another provider is Zaytoun, www.zaytoun.org

Get Involved

There are two stages to this campaign:

Stage 1 – Contact and inform the wholesalers and shops.

Stage 2 – Contact and inform consumers.

Stage One

FOA have sent letters to over 1000 wholesalers and shops but we need your help to add the personal touch as that is the best method to encourage people to join the campaign.

There are 6 steps to this stage. We would like you to:

Preparation:

  1. If you can try and involve family and friends in the campaign.
  2. Print letters for Wholesalers and Shop Owners: Click here for the letter.
  3. Order Check the Label posters and postcards from dates@checkthelabel.org.uk so you can put poster up on shop windows and leave postcards on the counter (with permission)

Method:

  1. Identify the wholesalers, importers and shops in your area hand deliver the wholesaler/shop letters supplied by FOA.  Inform them about Israeli human rights abuses (you can give them of FOA leaflets).
  2. Tell wholesalers and shop owners about the concept of boycotting and how it has worked e.g. South Africa. Ask them to boycott dates from Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Explain West Bank and Jordan Valley are illegally occupied and buying dates from there would mean they are supporting the occupation of Palestine.
  3. Let them know that they can buy dates from many other countries, but if they want to buy medjoul dates from Palestine they can contact medjoul@checkthelabel.org.uk, (+44) (0)116 2125 441 or Zaytoun on (+44) (0)207 609 5699
  4. Keep in touch with the shops that you have approached and continue to encourage and support them to join the campaign.
  5. Write down addresses of shops which agree to support the campaign so we can write a letter to them to thank them for their support.
  6. Take pictures of the campaign and keep head office updated on your work in your locality.

Stage Two

Most of the people we have approached during the Check the Label campaign did not know dates are from Israel and also did not know that dates labelled West Bank or the Jordan Valley should also be Boycotted.   Once they were told, the overwhelming majority of people were happy to join the boycott.

Boycott is about people power.  We need your help to inform people they should ‘Check the Label’ and boycott dates from Israel, West Bank and Jordan Valley.

Preparation:

  1. If you can try and involve family and friends in the campaign.
  2. Print letters for mosques and organisations : Click here for the letter
  3. Order Check the Label posters and postcards from here so you can put poster up on shop windows and leave postcards on the counter (with permission).

Method:

  1. Identify Mosques and Community Centres in your area and hand deliver the Mosque/organisation letter supplied by FOA.  Inform them about Israeli human rights abuses (you can give them of FOA leaflets).
  2. Tell the mosque/ community centre contact about the concept of boycotting and how it has worked e.g. South Africa. Ask them to boycott dates from Israel, West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Explain West Bank and Jordan Valley are illegally occupied and buying dates from there would mean they are supporting the occupation of Palestine.
  3. Ask them if you can leave leaflets at the entrance and put up a poster
  4. Organise a time with friends and family to distribute outside the mosque after prayers, especially after Friday prayers.
  5. Let FOA know when you are planning to distribute outside mosques so we can try and co-ordinate with other volunteers.
  6. Contact your local newspaper and your local radio Ramadhan to let them know what is happening. Take photos when it is appropriate  and send updates to info@checkthelabel.org.uk

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It is during this month that the Shayateen are locked away in chains, that the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed and Laylat-ul-Qadr is to be found:

‘The month of Ramadan, in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the  criterion (between what is right and wrong)’ Surat Al-Baqarah v185

‘Verily! We have sent it (the Qur’an) down in Laylat-ul-Qadr (the Night of Decree). And what will make you know what the Night of Decree is? The Night of Decree is better than one thousand months..’ Surat Al-Qadr, v1-3

‘When the month of Ramadan arrives, the doors of Heaven are opened, the doors of Hell are closed and the devils put under chains.’ [Bukhari and Muslim]

Benefits of Fasting and Ramadan

Allah Commanded us to fast. It’s the one deed that is purely for Allah alone. And the benefits of fasting are many:

The Prophet (pbuh) said that Allah said: ‘The Fast is for Me and I will give the reward for it, as he (the one who observes the fast) leaves his sexual desire, food and drink for My Sake. Fasting is a screen (from hell), and there are two moments of pleasure (moments of happiness or joys) for a fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord. And the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better in Allah’s Sight than the smell of musk.’ [Bukhari]

Allah declared: ‘O you have believed! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was ordained for those before you, so that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious).’ Surat Al-Baqarah v183

‘Whoever observes (fasts) during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s Rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.’ [Bukhari & Muslim]

Abu Ayyoob al-Ansaari narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whoever fasts Ramadaan then follows it with six days of Shawwaal, it will be like fasting for a lifetime.” [Sahih Muslim]

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Whoever fasts Ramadaan, a month is like ten months, and fasting six days after al-Fitr will complete the year.” [Ahmad]

‘Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said: My nation is given 5 privileges in the month of Ramadan that no nation was given before:

  • The khaloof (odour of the mouth of a fasting person) is sweeter in the sight of Allah than the fragrance of musk
  • The angels keep praying to Allah to forgive the fasting people until they break their fast
  • Allah decorates Paradise every day saying to it ‘My righteous slaves are about to be comforted of their burdens and sufferings and enter you’
  • The Shayateen are chained during this month
  • Sins of the believers are forgiven  by the last night of Ramadan. [Muslim]

Free Campaign Literature

Check The Label    Check The Label poster       Check The Label postcard1    Check The Label cartoon strip

Check the Label Campaign Video

Coverage of Last Years Campaign:

Supporters

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