In yet another farcical incident emanating from the Arab media, the Lebanese army received calls from distressed shoppers on Tuesday, after several food items labeled “made in Israel” were found on the shelves of one of the country’s largest supermarkets.
While shopping at a supermarket in the coastal city of Sidon, a man, who requested anonymity, discovered a bag of yellow peppers labeled “made in Israel,” the Lebanese Daily Star reported.
The seemingly outrageous and contemptible incident led the man to contact local authorities who then contacted the Lebanese Army to investigate the perturbing event.
Military intelligence and police officers quickly arrived at the scene to discover 13 similar bags containing yellow peppers with the word “Israel” printed on the sale tag.
Police also noticed that the international bar code for the items was scratched with a blue pen and a new code was handwritten on the bag, according to the Lebanese daily.
The case was then referred to the military judiciary for investigation regarding how the products managed to pass through security and arrive in the country undetected.
A similar incident occurred at the same supermarket almost ten years ago when shoppers discovered mugs made in Israel on the store’s shelves, the newspaper reported.
Laws in the country stipulate that Lebanese citizens are categorically forbidden to enter into business agreements, direct or indirect, with Israeli suppliers.
Lebanon has also banned all international companies that have branches in Israel or commercial agreements with Israeli companies.