Hebron Palestinian bucks PA boycott, accepts Trump's Bahrain invitation

Palestinian businessman Ashraf Jabari will go to as the representative of the Judea and Samaria Chamber of Commerce.

May 21, 2019 01:24
1 minute read.
Hebron Palestinian bucks PA boycott, accepts Trump's Bahrain invitation

Judea Samaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry co-founders Avi Zimmerman and Ashraf Jabari . (photo credit: EITAN TAL)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


The first to ignore the Palestinian Authority boycott on US President Donald Trump's June 25 peace plan meeting in Bahrain, is Hebron Palestinian businessman Ashraf Jabari.

On Monday morning he received and accepted an invitation to the Bahrain meeting, where Trump is expected to unveil economic portions of his peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 
Jabari will go to as the representative of the Judea and Samaria Chamber of Commerce. 

It's a joint Palestinian and Israeli settler group, of which Jabari is a founding member. 

“This is a good step," Jabari told The Jerusalem Post.

"I will be going there as a representative of the Judea and Samaria Chamber of Commerce together with other representatives of the chamber," Jabari said.

“I have seen that the PA and other factions are calling for a boycott,” Jabari said. "I do not know about other Palestinian businessman who have agreed attend. 

“I only heard that [businessman] Bashar Al-Masri said he received an invitation and is not going. In the next few days I will be consulting with my friends about our participation in the conference,” Jabari said.

He added that he what was significant to him was the economic opportunity the gathering provided and not any connection it might have to a larger diplomatic deal.

It is an important economic gathering and it is only natural that businessmen are invited, Jabari said.

Earlier this month Jabari announced the formation of a new Palestinian political Reform and Development party, with an aim to focus on economic prosperity for Palestinians.

Last week he hosted a special kosher Iftar celebration in Hebron with Palestinian businessmen and settler leaders.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

June 26, 2019
Pro-Iran Kataib Hezbollah slams Gulf countries, “Zionists” over Bahrain


Cookie Settings