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Israeli Produce Discovered in South Lebanon Shop

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A Lebanese shopper discovered several food items made in Israel in one of Lebanon's largest retailers Tuesday. While shopping at Spinneys in the coastal city of Sidon, a man, who preferred to remain anonymous, discovered a bag of three kinds of pepper

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Gillian M (218)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 10:35 am
Perhaps the shopper thought that the peppers were either Israeli spies or nuclear bombs.

Of course, these peppers could have originated in Gaza in which case they could be suicide peppers.......

Alexa R (319)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 11:14 am
Laughable, if it wasn't for real ..

Alexa R (319)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 11:15 am
I quote: " SIDON, Lebanon: A Lebanese shopper discovered several food items made in Israel in one of Lebanon’s largest retailers Tuesday.

While shopping at Spinneys in the coastal city of Sidon, a man, who preferred to remain anonymous, discovered a bag of three kinds of peppers made in Israel.

He immediately contacted local authorities who in turn contacted the Lebanese Army.

Members of military intelligence and police arrived to Spinneys to discover 13 similar bags that have the word “Israel” printed on the sale tag.

Police also noticed that the international bar code for the items was scratched with a blue pen and a new code was handwritten on the bag.

The case was then referred to the military judiciary for investigation into how the products made it through the customs department at the port or the airport.

Spinneys had a similar incident almost ten years ago when shoppers discovered mugs made in Israel being sold at the retailer."

Stan B (123)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 1:03 pm
Gillian. These aren't ordinary peppers. They have been genetically modified by Mossad to be "spy" peppers. Rumour has it that "drone" peppers have been spotted in an other store.

Beth S (330)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 1:12 pm
LOL, Stan! I was thinking the same thing, but you said it much better than I could have!

pam w (139)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 1:14 pm
PLEASE tell me this is a joke.


Patricia Martin (19)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 1:19 pm
Is it any wonder that the Middle East is such a screwed up place when unsubstantiated, frothing-at-the-mouth hatred of Israelis is so pervasive that Arabs even get hysterical about bell peppers and call in the military?


Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 1:24 pm

I don't think the peppers were made in Israel but grown in Israel. Though it is true that they may have been grown in soil on the West Bank or Gaza and still could have been labelled as grown in Israel. This is the kind of silliness we have when we forget that food and other goods have no religion and no political affiliation. We are all in such eagerness to perpetuate hate that we forget that inanimate objects have no feelings. Many in Syria are in need of food that it has a label from a perceived enemy is indicative of the continued desire to hate one another. Such foolishness.

Gene J (290)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 1:56 pm
"The case was then referred to the military judiciary for investigation into how the products made it through the customs department at the port or the airport."

This would be laughable if it weren't so freaking stupid. All over which words written by which ancient man you choose to believe. Were it not for the dress, they could see how alike they are, that they are the same race, just one horribly in love with blood. They have been fighting, and nursing grudges in that region since recorded history began. Pure insanity...

Jennifer Ward (40)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 6:44 pm
wasn't there an old song with a line like 'military madness is destroying the country'? I've grown very weary of these boycotts and sanctions for no good reason. Unhindered, fair and honest commerce is the only way to prosperity and peace. The West has already proved it- unfortunately, backward and stubborn thinking is suppressing solutions to the problems caused by conflict.

Jay S (116)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 1:01 am
And our 'leaders' and 'media' actually take these people and their rants seriously? No wonder the Middle East is the primitive backwater that it is.

Suzanne L (99)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 10:35 am
Actually these were American peppers, placed there by Hillary Clinton on a secret mission to Spinneys to aid peace talks by showing Syrians what good peppers Israel produces.

Alexa R (319)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 10:37 am
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Thursday January 3, 2013, 2:50 pm
Oh for goodness sake..I suppose they were hot peppers meant to bring the Lebanese to their knees in culinary pain.

Christine Linley (12)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 3:00 pm
To you it might be just a pepper grown in Israel ............. but to a lot of the world that is Palestine's water being exported.

You see everything is relative and when you have got plenty of water that's a nice juicey pepper; but when you have no water that is a clean drink for your child .

As Amnesty International writes:

Amnesty International has accused Israel of denying Palestinians the right to access adequate water by maintaining total control over the shared water resources and pursuing discriminatory policies.

These unreasonably restrict the availability of water in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and prevent the Palestinians developing an effective water infrastructure there.

“Israel allows the Palestinians access to only a fraction of the shared water resources, which lie mostly in the occupied West Bank, while the unlawful Israeli settlements there receive virtually unlimited supplies. In Gaza the Israeli blockade has made an already dire situation worse,” said Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s researcher on Israel and the OPT.

In a new extensive report, Amnesty International revealed the extent to which Israel’s discriminatory water policies and practices are denying Palestinians their right to access to water.

Israel uses more than 80 per cent of the water from the Mountain Aquifer, the main source of underground water in Israel and the OPT, while restricting Palestinian access to a mere 20 per cent.

The Mountain Aquifer is the only source for water for Palestinians in the West Bank, but only one of several for Israel, which also takes for itself all the water available from the Jordan River.

While Palestinian daily water consumption barely reaches 70 litres a day per person, Israeli daily consumption is more than 300 litres per day, four times as much.

In some rural communities Palestinians survive on barely 20 litres per day, the minimum amount recommended for domestic use in emergency situations.

Some 180,000-200,000 Palestinians living in rural communities have no access to running water and the Israeli army often prevents them from even collecting rainwater.

In contrast, Israeli settlers, who live in the West Bank in violation of international law, have intensive-irrigation farms, lush gardens and swimming pools.

Numbering about 450,000, the settlers use as much or more water than the Palestinian population of some 2.3 million.

In the Gaza Strip, 90 to 95 per cent of the water from its only water resource, the Coastal Aquifer, is contaminated and unfit for human consumption. Yet, Israel does not allow the transfer of water from the Mountain Aquifer in the West Bank to Gaza.

Stringent restrictions imposed in recent years by Israel on the entry into Gaza of material and equipment necessary for the development and repair of infrastructure have caused further deterioration of the water and sanitation situation in Gaza, which has reached crisis point.

To cope with water shortages and lack of network supplies many Palestinians have to purchase water, of often dubious quality, from mobile water tankers at a much higher price.

Others resort to water-saving measures which are detrimental to their and their families’ health and which hinder socio-economic development.

“Over more than 40 years of occupation, restrictions imposed by Israel on the Palestinians’ access to water have prevented the development of water infrastructure and facilities in the OPT, consequently denying hundreds of thousand of Palestinians the right to live a normal life, to have adequate food, housing, or health, and to economic development,” said Donatella Rovera.

Israel has appropriated large areas of the water-rich Palestinian land it occupies and barred Palestinians from accessing them.

It has also imposed a complex system of permits which the Palestinians must obtain from the Israeli army and other authorities in order to carry out water-related projects in the OPT. Applications for such permits are often rejected or subject to long delays.

Restrictions imposed by Israel on the movement of people and goods in the OPT further compound the difficulties Palestinians face when trying to carry out water and sanitation projects, or even just to distribute small quantities of water.

Water tankers are forced to take long detours to avoid Israeli military checkpoints and roads which are out of bounds to Palestinians, resulting in steep increases in the price of water.

In rural areas, Palestinian villagers are continuously struggling to find enough water for their basic needs, as the Israeli army often destroys their rainwater harvesting cisterns and confiscates their water tankers.

In comparison, irrigation sprinklers water the fields in the midday sun in nearby Israeli settlements, where much water is wasted as it evaporates before even reaching the ground.

In some Palestinian villages, because their access to water has been so severely restricted, farmers are unable to cultivate the land, or even to grow small amounts of food for their personal consumption or for animal fodder, and have thus been forced to reduce the size of their herds.

“Water is a basic need and a right, but for many Palestinians obtaining even poor-quality subsistence-level quantities of water has become a luxury that they can barely afford,” said Donatella Rovera.

“Israel must end its discriminatory policies, immediately lift all the restrictions it imposes on Palestinians’ access to water, and take responsibility for addressing the problems it created by allowing Palestinians a fair share of the shared water resources.”


Winn A (179)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 4:13 pm

Trish K (93)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 4:41 pm
I am dialing 911 vegetables right now. This is serious. They might be getting smarter by eating veggies and fruits grown in Israel. Palestinian water ? The Jewish state has offered everyone in the middle east the way to desalinate water but because they have been taught hatred and fear of jews no one will accept their help.
I buy jewish oranges when I can. They are better, juicier and more fragrant than the dried up oranges that have no smell of oranges that are imported from south american or southern states. 911 just hung up on me.

jo M. (3)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 8:19 pm
Ok this is seriously silly, and I can't stop smiling after seeing Gillian's comment.

Suzanne L (99)
Friday January 4, 2013, 11:50 am
@ Christine L. Have a look at the water problem in Gaza - There is a nice picture of a big pool with lots of Gazan boys having a good time in the sparling water. The article is about Palestinians in Gaza investing $20 million in new seaside tourist resorts. According to the article, thousands of Palestinian families have started to visit the resorts which offer a wide range of attractions including the Crazy Water Park in Gaza City as well as many top- of- the- line restaurants. The boom in local tourism is thought to be due to the turnaround of underground smugglers who were finding their previous activities less and less profitable. Wouldn't it be great if just a little bit of that water or that money trickled down to the Palestinians who don't have enough? But then why would they bother when they can blame Israel?

Rahman Qureshi (76)
Friday January 4, 2013, 8:37 pm
@ Kit - You wrote"This is the kind of silliness we have when we forget that food and other goods have no religion and no political affiliation. We are all in such eagerness to perpetuate hate that we forget that inanimate objects have no feelings. Many in Syria are in need of food that it has a label from a perceived enemy is indicative of the continued desire to hate one another. Such foolishness."

The problem isn't "we" but "Palestinians / Muslims". Islamic doctrine teaches to despise Jews, so to despise their produce isn't farfetched. Many in Syria are indeed need of food. But who are creating that situation? Muslims - the rebels and the Syrian government. Innocent Christians are being murdered trying to fell to safety, but no one in the West cares about Christians being murdered by Muslims in Syria, Pakistan or any other Muslim country.

Here is some Islamic doctrine for everyone to understand where the hate comes from:

Sura 3:110 - Muslims are the best of peoples
Sura 98:6 - Jew and Christians are the vilest of creatures

Speaking of Jews, the Qur'an says:

Amongst them we (Allah) have placed enmity and hatred till the Day of Judgment. Every time they kindle the fire of war, Allah doth extinguish it; but they (ever) strive to do mischief on earth. And Allah loveth not those who do mischief. -Surah 5:64 (Yusuf Ali)

This verse makes it clear that there will be “enmity and hatred” against the Jews until the very end of the present age. So much for those who claim that the Quran’s scorn for Jews is limited only to specific historical incidences in Muhammad’s career. Not only does the Quran portray Jews as those who start wars and cause general mischief in the earth, but it also literally claims that Allah was so disgusted by the Jews, that he cursed them and literally transformed many of them into “apes and swine,” assigning them the lowest “rank” among humankind:

When in their insolence they transgressed (all) prohibitions, We said to them: "Be ye apes, despised and rejected." -Surah 7:166 (Yususf Ali)

Those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped evil;- these are (many times) worse in rank, and far more astray from the even path! -Surah 5:60 (Yusuf Ali)

And well ye knew those amongst you who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath: We said to them: "Be ye apes, despised and rejected." -Surah 2:65 (Yusuf Ali)

The source of this hatred of Jews is clear - the Qur'an.

Klaus Peters (14)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 9:04 am
So what is the big deal, Muslims are so stupid. Would an Israely complain about a Lebanese grown pepper? Truth is, Lebanon is importing from anywhere because they are too lazy to grow anything themselves. Peppers all taste the same no matter whereever they are grown. So why complain?
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