Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ban of Egyptian palm fronds export to Israel..

Egypt bans export of palm fronds ahead of Jewish holiday of Sukkot
Haaretz 19 Sept -- Egypt has barred the export of palm fronds - used ceremonially in the upcoming Sukkot holiday - to Israel and to Jewish communities abroad, the Agriculture Ministry has learned. The move by the Egyptian government comes just weeks before the fall holiday when the lulavs are in demand. In the past, Israel has imported about 700,000 palm fronds a year prior to Sukkot, representing about 40 percent of the total demand for them every year here.
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