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PA to ban imports from five major Israeli brands


By Bao Yen - March 24, 2016
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The Palestinian Authority decided that it would ban imports from five major Israeli companies into the occupied Palestinian territories.

In a weekly statement released on Tuesday, the Palestinian government said that the decision to ban Israeli products from Tnuva, Strauss, Tara, Soglowek and Tapuzina came as a response to the Israeli ban on sales of Palestinian products in East Jerusalem.

Earlier this month, Israeli forces prevented trucks of five Palestinian companies from going through the Beitunia commercial passing, citing that their goods are banned from entering Jerusalem and Israel.

The Palestinian companies including Hamoda, al Juneidi Dairy and Food products, al-Rayyan Dairies, Salwa foods, an Siniora Food Industries, protested by parking their trucks near the Israeli Ofer prison.

Israeli forces then used tear gas to disperse the march held by the five Palestinian companies in protest of the ban.

Around 50 percent of these companies' production go to Palestinian consumers in East Jerusalem and in Israel, Ma'an News reported.

PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah stated on Sunday that Israel's decision to deny entry of five Palestinian food production companies is an "oppressive political" move that undermines the bilateral trade protocol between Palestinian and Israeli authorities.

Hamdallah added that the Israeli ban would leave devastating consequences on the five companies in particular, and on the Palestinian economy in general.

According to PA statement, local authorities have been instructed to put the decision to remove Israeli goods into effect from Tuesday while giving Palestinian merchants enough time to sell their stocked products.

The Protocol on Economic Relations, also known as the Paris Protocol, is an agreement signed in 1994 between Israel and the PLO that regulates trade interactions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The agreement is still considered valid in the West Bank, despite the fact that many Palestinian products have previously been prevented from entering Israel.

Last week, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti also called on the Palestinian Authority to respond to the Israeli decision by an immediate ban on the imports of Israeli products to the Palestinian market.

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