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In the first case of its kind, a Palestinian merchant from Bethlehem has been
indicted for violating a Palestinian Authority call to boycott goods made in
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The man, who has not been identified, has been charged with
“carrying out commercial transactions with residents of a hostile state,” the
Bethlehem-based Maan news agency reported.
The man, who is being held in
a PA prison in Bethlehem, was caught trying to bring wood products manufactured
in a settlement into the city, said Amin Abu Akil, director of Customs Authority
in the Bethlehem area.
He added that the man was planning to distribute
the banned products in the Bethlehem area.
A PA magistrate’s court
remanded the suspect into custody until the end of proceedings.
this year, the PA announced a boycott of all goods produced in
Economics Minister Hassan Abu Libdeh said that the PA
government confiscated $1 million worth of products, including foods, cosmetics
and hardware. The objective is to eliminate all settlement-made goods from
Palestinian stores in 2010, he explained.
In March, PA Prime Minister
Salam Fayyad launched the National Honor Fund, which will promote the
availability of Palestinian produce in local markets and strengthen the position
of Palestinian goods in global markets as an alternative to products
manufactured in settlements.
The PA has also moved to ban Palestinians
from working in settlements.
PA Labor Minister Ahmad Majdalani expressed
hope that by the end of the year there will be no Palestinians working in
settlements. However, many Palestinian workers continue to ignore the call.