Down with the Israeli mango!

A demonstration of farmers and unionists ended in 11 arrests on Sunday. Jordan and Israel might have signed a peace agreement in 1994, but these Jordanians take no heed of it in their protest over fruit and vegetable imports from the Jewish state.

The demonstrators gathered in front of the Ministry for Agriculture and chanted anti-Israeli slogans, brandishing photos of Palestinian children killed during the January offensive in the Gaza Strip. They also called for the dismissal of the minister for agriculture, Said Masri, for failing to protect local products by allowing the import of Israeli products. In response, the minister told state news agency Petra that Jordan had indeed imported 1,930 tonnes of Israeli agricultural products from Israel this year, but that it refused to accept fruit and vegetables from Jewish settlements.

Nevertheless, Israel is benefiting far more from the trade between the two countries. According to Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, the state garnered 207 million euros from exports delivered to Jordan, while only 76 million went in the other direction.


The protest

Posted by "jordandays", 5 July 2009.


“We’re demanding that the origin of a product be displayed clearly in Arabic”

Abdel Hadi Falahat is the president of an agricultural engineers' union. He took part in Sunday's protest.

There are two reasons for not importing from the Zionist state: firstly because Israel occupies Palestinian lands, and secondly because the Israeli farming sector benefits from grants, particularly from the World Bank, far more superior than those allocated here in Jordan. It's not a fair competition.

Jordan exports carrots, potatoes, leeks, cucumbers and olives to Israel, while in return we buy exotic fruits like mangoes and avocados from them. Meanwhile, we could be buying these same fruits from other countries in the Arab world like Sudan or Yemen.

What I'd like to see is the enforcement of a clause that favours imports from Arab countries rather than Israel. However, as part of Jordan and Israel's peace agreement, trade between the countries is supposed to be maintained. So for now we're demanding that the origin of a product be clearly displayed in Arabic.   

The Jordanian people refuse to act as Israel's best friend. Some wholesale distributors however, lured by profit, resort to swindling the customer. They take products from their original containers, on which the origin is mentioned, and put them into small boxes with no labels on them, so that they can be sold on to small shopkeepers who believe they're Jordanian products."  


Jordan is beyond hope. It's

Jordan is beyond hope. It's officially in the Zionist axis.

EAT Oranges or apples for god's sake. Boycot israeli goods!!!!!

There seems to be an orchestrated tod down approach to dealing with israel possibly starting at the very top. I doubt if this said masri character decided on his own increase israeli imports. It had to have come from higher up. THAT converns me greatly.

I understand that the king wants to further increase foreign trade but why specifically israel? Can't the king send envoys to other potential countries that would import Jordanian agricultural goods? &6 million doesn't sound like a lot and is probably easily mitigated b y doing business elsewhere.

I highly encourage the progressive king to look into this bit and try his best to stear clear of doing much business with israel. Those more ones will only try to get over on whoever they deal with and always come out on top. The best way to win that game is NOT play at all. What did Jordan do before the peace treaty with israel? Can't they go back to that or do the big wig business men in Jordan want to make money at the expense of Palestinian children? Is there no self pride?

Somebody do something about this as soon as possible please and to hell with exotic fruit. Eat oranges instead for god's sake. That's the SMALLEST sacrifice you can make as a Jordanian who wants to help. A sense of civic duty is very neccessary here. BIG! Boycott israeli goods! Even if the government allows them.

Wholesalers that play games with labels should be considered treasonus and be dealt with accordingly! By the people!!!!!

Jordan boycott Israeli fruits? Or tries to!

I welcome the Jordanians People to refuse to buy the Israeli stuff!
Here in Houston, in our Eastern European food store
I personally do not purchase anything made and imported from Israel.
Too many of our tax dollars are already given to this Evil State, I will avoid giving them more!We have locally more deserving charities!
I have no problem with the ethnic foods produced by the Brooklyn Jewish foods' industries!

What a moron

What a moron