Despite Egypt ban, thousands of palm fronds smuggled to Israel, U.S. ahead of Sukkot

11.10.2011                      13.Tischrei. 5772

Diplomatie:

Despite Egypt ban, thousands of palm fronds smuggled to Israel, U.S. ahead of Sukkot

Palm fronds, or lulavs, which are used ceremonially during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, are being exported from Egypt via Jordan to Jewish communities.

Thousands of palm fronds have been smuggled from Egypt and have made their way to Israel and the United States, veteran palm frond traders said Monday, despite the Egyptian ban on their export ahead of the upcoming Sukkot holiday.
One of the traders told Haaretz that the palm fronds, which are known as lulavs in Hebrew and are used ceremonially in Sukkot, were transferred from Egypt via Jordan to Israel and Jewish communities in New York and other big cities in the US….