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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 22.11.07 | 02:13 (IST)

    "U.S. demands Israel crack down on illegal Iranian pistachio imports" - Associated Press I am crouched here with a group of illegal pistachio's from Iran about to wade the River Jordan into their promised land, Israel. Each nut has upon his back a shell which he or she will import into Israel and then abandon in the west bank where most Israeli nuts live. "Israel is a land of wealth" explains Mohammad Pistachio, "and I am going there to make money to send home to Shiraz." "But why drop the illegally imported shells in Greater Israel," I ask? "As a small kindness to the settlers", Mohammad says. "Surah 107 in the Quaran, tells us that to observe all the laws in the book, yet refuse small kindnesses, is to deny the teaching of the book," he continues, "the heads of the settlers have become so swollen that their own shells can no longer protect their nuts, and so I help them by contributing mine." I stand, amazed, as the Pistachio's splash across the river and into the night.

    from the article: U.S. demands Israel crack down on illegal Iranian pistachio imports
    First published 00:00 21.11.07 | Last updated 00:00 21.11.07
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