The dates are juicy and succulent and full of energy. The perfect way to open the fast. Shop keepers love them - they can charge a premium and people will pay. Better still, the people want them "Last year I did not stock them and people complained. I lost business and this year I am going to stock them. They are our best seller" is the word from their mouths.
It all sounds good, but there is one problem - these dates are like "blood dates" - the equivalent of blood diamonds where we are gorging on the misery of others. They are grown on occupied territory, watered using resources stolen from others.
This is not through some indirect link where money paid to corporations is somehow funnelled through many parties before it ends up in hands that do not please, but a direct link - the dates are grown on stolen Palestinian land and watered with water that has been confiscated from the Palestinians.
By purchasing them you have a direct impact on what happens in the occupied territories.
So, when you next open a fast, do you really want to finish your day by forcing misery upon others? Is that really in the spirit of fasting?
(The ones I had in mind were those big and juicy ones - Branded "King Solomons" or and/or "Jordan Valley".)