Palestinian official: PA campaigning 50 countries to cease business ties with settlements

October 25, 2013 14:17

The Palestinian Authority has begun a campaign urging the international community to desist from conducting business in settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Senior Palestinian economic official and negotiator Mohammad Shtayyeh told the Financial Times on Thursday that the PA's foreign minister had started sending letters about a month ago to petition 50 countries against continuing business activities in settlements.

The PA asked the countries, which are reportedly home to 504 companies operating in areas over the Green Line, to "withdraw their investment or freeze their activities,” according to Shtayyeh.

“The duty of the government is to tell the private sector company, ‘Maybe you don’t know you are investing in something illegal’,” the Financial Times quoted him as saying.

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