IsraFood Embraces Judea and Samaria Products

Despite BDS moves, trade show features products from Judea and Samaria to high visitor acclaim.

Moshe Cohen ,

Judea and Samaria products on display at IsraFood
Judea and Samaria products on display at IsraFood
IsraFood PR

Alongside the top selections at this year's IsraFood trade show, which took place in Tel Aviv last week were food products from Judea and Samaria.

Contrary to the BDS (boycott, divest sanction) “spirit” of the times, in which whole countries in Europe have announced they are avoiding products made in Israel, the local and foreign visitors at the show were very enthusiastic about the products from Judea and Samaria, said exhibitors.

Akiva Hacohen, a flour miller and processor from Yitzhar in Samaria, said that he supplied bakeries throughout Israel with hundreds of tons of flour a month.

Hundreds of potential customers thronged his booth, he said, checking out the products, and the special production systems designed by Giora Segev, a top tech expert who has been working with Hacohen for years. Visitors were invited to sample the baked products made with Hacohen's flour – and to ritually wash their hands, as observant Jews do before eating bread, at a special sink set up near the booth.

“We are very happy and grateful to be working in this area, and to be embraced by the industry,” said Hacohen. “We work with most of the flour processors in the country, so we are not just a 'niche' business of a 'company from a settlement.'"

Hacohen is also chairman of an organization that markets products from Judea and Samaria, providing products from hundreds of manufacturers in the region to businesses all around Israel. Several of the food companies who use his services were present at the event, and all of them received close attention from attendees.

“Many people said they appreciated what we were doing and that we were doing it in Judea and Samaria,” he said. “Our products are high quality, and they appeal not just to supporters of settlement, but to everyone.”