Egypt bans export of palm fronds ahead of Jewish holiday of Sukkot

19.09.2011                      20.Elul, 5771

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Egypt bans export of palm fronds ahead of Jewish holiday of Sukkot

Agriculture Ministry to issue special licenses allowing import of lulavs from Spain, Jordan and the Gaza Strip, so that no major shortage is experienced in the run-up to the holiday.

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….