In my village on the border of Lebanon and Israel, everything is beautiful: nature, warm sea, palm trees, elegant cottages and green lawns. One thing is sad – one has to go to the regional center, the city of Nahariya for food. Despite the fact that two hundred meters from the house there is a fairly large supermarket. All the trouble is kosher. There is such a “attack”, the purity of the product from the point of view of traditional Judaism. Without going into the subtleties of what is kosher (it’s written enough on the Internet), I’ll just say that it implies some special processing of meat and dairy products, from which they become tasteless, and in places even disgusting to taste. Chew “rubber” cheese and fresh sour cream, nostalgic about normal human food. Most Israelis, because they are kosher, do not even realize that the same products can be much tastier! About how a person born blind will never recognize the colors of the rainbow.
To get in Israel really normal and tasty products can be in two places: in Russian NOT kosher stores (a believing Jew will not even go there) and in Arab villages. Not only is there a wider choice, it is also tastier and cheaper. Periodically, I try something new, for example, products produced in the Palestinian autonomy. Few people know that a non-existent de jure, but a long-existing de facto Palestinian state almost entirely provides itself with products, and even supplies some of its products to some Arab countries. The bulk of the Palestinian products are made in Hebron, Ramallah and Jericho.
In Israel, you will not find Palestinian products due to artificial restrictions imposed by Israeli producers of dairy and meat products. They are afraid of competition. Therefore, you can personally buy the most delicious Palestinian yogurts, sour cream, laban, olive oil, cheeses, tea, sausages and much more, having left for some Palestinian city.
This time we bought food in Jericho, drove there on the way to the Negev desert and the Dead Sea, as described earlier. Listen, we bought food there in direct quantities! There are only five bottles of olive oil, five kilograms of labane, three kilograms of tea, plus coffee, cheese and much more. Part I gave to friends. And it should be noted that a large part of Israeli friends disappointed me greatly, saying that they would not eat Palestinian sour cream, because … the money will eventually go to terrorism. Rave! They do not want – and do not, I will get more.
Price tags on average 50% lower than in Israel. The fact is that, firstly, the Palestinians do not pay Israel taxes (and Israeli taxes are quite high), and secondly, the cost of the product does not include kosher costs, which constitute up to 10% of its value. The fact is that in order to receive a kosher certificate, retailers pay a decent amount to the appropriate religious authorities, so that they come and approve the “cleanliness” of sales.
Now, with regard to the prices of Palestinian products:
- A liter airan costs 8 shekels,
- Cheese, 800 grams 15 shekels,
- Labane, 900 grams 9 shekels,
- Tea, 20 bags, 4.50 shekels
The second point, in addition to taste and price, is the purity of the product from any chemistry. Due to the fact that the Palestinian market is quite small and the volume, respectively, is ten times less than in neighboring Israel, they are not very keen on stuffing products with various food additives. If the Israeli sour cream, I counted five additives on the letter “E”, then in the Palestinian only one. True, the shelf life of Palestinian products is less than Israeli. The latter may lie for several days without a refrigerator and will look fresh on the outside. Chemistry works wonders.