The pro-Palestinian Organizers announced that over 20,000 leaflets with the message “Check The Label” to encourage Muslims to boycott Israel are being distributed at UK mosques, timed to coincide with the last Friday before Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
The “Check The Label” campaign, which urges Muslims in the UK and Europe to boycott Israeli products, is being promoted by Friends of Al-Aqsa, a UK-based group dedicated to protecting Palestinian human rights and the Al-Aqsa sanctuary. The initiative aims to raise awareness about the impact of purchasing Israeli goods and encourages Muslims to avoid the “taste of apartheid” during Ramadan.
According to a statement from FOA, the boycott movement has gained significant traction in the lead-up to Ramadan this year, with media coverage spanning from the UK to Morocco and Malaysia.
According to FOA, “Check The Label” campaign, which has been in progress since the early 2010s, has made an unparalleled contribution to the British public’s awareness of the link between their purchases and Israel’s unlawful occupation of Palestine. As a result of this initiative, many people have become ethical consumers who avoid buying Israeli products.
“This Ramadan, it’s more important than ever that we boycott Israel,” said Shamiul Joarder, head of public affairs at FOA. “By checking the label and avoiding Israeli dates, we can send a clear message: We won’t give our money to an apartheid state that breaks international law and kills Palestinian children.”
The organization says that Israel has killed at least 83 Palestinians in the first 76 days of 2023, including at least 16 children.
“The first 3 months of 2023 have seen some of the worst Israeli violence against Palestinians in decades and there are concerns about Israeli attacks on Al-Aqsa mosque during Ramadan,” the statement said.