Pro-Palestine demonstrators calling for a boycott during a protest in Paris.
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The Palestinian Authority said Tuesday it would ban the sale of products from five major Israeli companies in Gaza and the West Bank in reaction to a recent Israeli decision to ban the sale of products from five Palestinian companies in east Jerusalem.
In its weekly meeting Tuesday, the Palestinian government declared an immediate ban on the sale of products from Tnuva, Zoglowek, Strauss, Tara and Jafora-Tabori.
PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah revealed on Sunday that Israel has prohibited the sale of products from five Palestinian companies in east Jerusalem in order to “transform east Jerusalem into a captive market that serves Israeli companies and isolates it from Palestine.”
This is not the first time the Palestinian Authority has boycotted Israeli products as retaliation to an Israeli move. In February 2015, it decided to exclude six of the best-known Israeli brands from Palestinian stores following an Israeli decision to freeze the handover of tax and tariff revenues to the PA.
Another development discussed during the weekly governmental meeting was the suspected arson attack on Sunday at the West Bank home of a key witness in the Duma arson attack case, Ibrahim Dawabsheh.
The PA condemned the attack, saying: “The foot-dragging of the occupation authorities on arresting those who committed the atrocious Duma arson attack is pushing the settlers to commit more crimes against our people.”