Mike Nobani, manager of the Shop & Save who also is Muslim, said the store sells a steady stream of dates throughout the holy month, though none of the fruits piled high in the store's produce section come from Israel. Instead, an entire wall was covered Thursday with boxes from South Africa, California, Saudi Arabia, Palestine and Tunisia. Nobani said he doesn't see the point of selling a product that customers tell him they won't buy.
"Our clients were asking," he said. "They know what they want." Szremski said she hopes the boycott against Israeli dates will send a powerful economic message...The Anti-Defamation League, which guards against anti-Semitism, said it is wary of the campaign's intentions.
American Muslims for Palestine promotes extreme anti-Israel views and anti-Semitism under the guise of educating Americans about the "just cause of Palestine," the group said in a statement.
Marwa Abed, 24, of Palos Hills, said she sympathizes with the campaign. She said she has seen the Jewish-only road built at the edge of her grandfather's olive groves in the West Bank.