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04 October 2023

Saudi seizes 'fake' date products

Alert sent to the Saudi ministry of trade by the Palestinian Authority. (Supplied)

By Staff

Saudi authorities have seized a large amount of Israeli dates exported to the oil-rich Gulf kingdom under the name of Palestine.

The move followed an alert sent to the Saudi ministry of trade by the Palestinian Authority that the dates exported to the Kingdom branded “made in Palestine” are fake.

“Saudi Arabia was told by the Palestinians that Israel is using the name of ‘made in Palestine” and ‘the Holy Land’ to market its dates and other products in the Kingdom,” the Arabic language daily ‘Al Watan’ said, quoting Saudi ministry sources.

It said a large quantity of date boxes and other products coming from Israel have recently been seized before finding their way into the Kingdom’s market.

Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries, mainly in the Gulf, ban the entry of Israeli products in line with a decision by the Cairo-based Arab League to boycott products from the Jewish nation.