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Israeli Cherries Show up in Iranian Market

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The sweetness of Israel has seeped into the lives of unsuspecting Iranians, in the form of cherries grown in the Holy Land, according to a report from Ynet.

Iran’s Mehr News Agency reported that the head of the Iranian produce association admitted the succulent berries featured in the Iranian market place were indeed Israeli.  Sold for $2.42 per kilo, they cost less than half of what they can fetch in Israeli grocery stores.

In May 2011, Deputy Iranian Trade Minister Hamid Safdel denied reports that Israeli apples and oranges were being imported by Tehran, stating “any kind of trade with the Zionists is forbidden… Since the inception of the Islamic Republic in 1979 no Zionist goods have been granted an import permit, even if they arrive through a third party.”

About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

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2 Responses to “Israeli Cherries Show up in Iranian Market”

  1. Batya Medad says:

    You're playing a nasty game. I've bought cherries for half that price in Israel and for that price, too.

  2. Strange and slightly dubious story. Ironically many of the Israeli cherries are grown up on the Golan Heights, what Iranians would consider to be part of occupied Syria.

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