By COLlive reporter
Some 13 containers of koyshalach – binders used to hold together the Lulav, Hadasim and Aravos during Sukkos – arrived on Thursday in Israel.
The shipment contains tens of thousands of units that will be used during the upcoming Sukkos holiday by most observant Jews in the Holy Land (Chabad chassidim use rings instead).
But not everyone is happy with the option.
Israel’s Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich, from the religious Zionist Yamina alliance, is calling on the public not use them because they are made by Arab residents of Gaza.
“I urge the public not to buy this product,” he wrote on Thursday. “This is a mitzvah haba’ah baviera (a Mitzvah observed while sinning). We will not take the Daled Minim and finance our enemy.”
The koyshalach were transferred at the Kerem Shalom crossing through Israel’s Coordination and Liaison Administration for Gaza. Its director Uri Medar disagreed.
“This is a wonderful example of the steps we take year-round,” he said. “(These are) good measures for agriculture and help the markets on both sides, Israeli and Palestinian.”
VIDEO: How koyshalach are made