Prior to Ramadan: Are UAE Products' Boycott Calls Linked to Israel?

Published April 8th, 2021 - 06:39 GMT
Israeli products in UAE
Trade relations were officially announced between the UAE and Israel last September after the Abraham Accords. (Twitter)

As the holy month of Ramadan approaches next week, a Twitter campaign calling on boycotting UAE products has emerged, with users linking their demand to the Emirati-Israeli relations.

Translation: "GCC and Arab online activists continue their campaign to boycott UAE products, after products imports via the UAE to a number of Arab countries turned out to be Israeli-made."

After social media users shared photos of Israeli products being sold in supermarkets across the UAE, months after the two countries have officially signed the Abraham Accords which has established ties between them for the first time in history, Arab online commentators have noted that Israeli products are not only traded in the UAE, but also exported again to other Arab countries, ones that have not yet normalized relations with Israel, without clearly stating so.

Over the last several months, the UAE and Bahrain markets have come under fire for trade deals that welcomed products of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, ones that are deemed illegal by international law.

Last September, the Abraham Accords which was crafted by the former US administration between the UAE, Bahrain, and Israel was signed in an official ceremony at the White House, has allowed for a series of trade and business deals in different sectors and industries.

Yet, online Arab anger seems to especially target imports of Israeli settlements' products, ones that are restricted by the European Union, while international human rights organizations have been calling on the world's countries to impose a full ban on, considering its role in obstructing peace efforts between Palestinians and Israelis.

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