Citizen Action Monitor

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 17

Israel bans Palestinian products from being sold inside Occupied Palestinian Territory.

No 1669 Posted by fw, May 11, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Dear Premier Wynne,

Below is my information gift for you on this, Day 17, of my intended 19-day project to fill in some possible gaps in your knowledge base with respect to life and death in the Israeli Occupied Territories.

This campaign was launched in protest to your upcoming unconscionable trade mission to Israel, which will effectively legitimize seven decades of collective military brutality against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.

Cruel irony of ironies. On May 15, Minister, you will lead a delegation on a trade mission to Israel. Meanwhile, an Israeli decision to ban the sale of Palestinian products from being sold inside Occupied Territory came after a decrease in sales of Israeli products in Occupied Jerusalem.

Perhaps the ethically challenged Israeli business reps will have better luck selling their products to your party.

Here is an excerpt from today’s information gift published by IMEMCnews (International Middle East Media Center), an independent news organization run by Palestinians living in the Palestinian territories, working together with international journalists, who report on events in both Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The Israeli decision came after a decrease in Israeli sales of the same products, in Jerusalem markets, due to dominance of Palestinian products. Israeli occupation authorities put this decision into action even though the Palestinian companies were licensed within the Israeli record. The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture asked the Palestinian side to submit private export models in which they are identified as international exporter. He explained that this step implies political impacts under which the Palestinians are forced to recognize Jerusalem as an Israeli city.

The brief IMEMC report is reposted below in full. It is also available online by clicking on the following linked title.

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Israel Bans Palestinian Products from Jerusalem by International Middle East Media Center, March 13, 2016

Five Palestinian companies warned of financial losses as Israeli occupation forces banned their products from being marketed in occupied Jerusalem, under political and economic pretexts, Palestinian sources reported Saturday. A report identified the five companies as Hamoudah, al-Jideedi, Arryan, distributers of dairy products, as well as Asslwa and Saniora, associated with meat products.

Hamouda company sources said that Israeli occupation forces has been banning the entry of their company’s products to occupied Jerusalem for the fifth day in a row, according to Al Ray. Hamdoua explained that un-expected move, by Israel, would cost the company heavy losses estimated at millions. Hamouda company constitutes 50% of the marketed products in Jerusalem.

The source explained that the Israeli decision came after a decrease in Israeli sales of the same products, in Jerusalem markets, due to dominance of Palestinian products. Israeli occupation authorities put this decision into action even though the Palestinian companies were licensed within the Israeli record.

The affected companies addressed the Civil Affairs administration and the Agriculture Ministry, to become acquainted with the reasons behind such decision, and the latter responded that the decision was unilateral and unexpected. The source said that Palestinian authorities are contemplating a suitable reaction to such a move.

Tareq Abu Laban, the General Manager of Marketing at the Ministry of Agriculture, noted that there are political reasons behind the Israeli decision, explaining that the Israeli side aims to force the PA to deal with Jerusalem as a part of Israeli state.

He added that the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture asked the Palestinian side to submit private export models in which they are identified as international exporter. He explained that this step implies political impacts under which the Palestinians are forced to recognize Jerusalem as an Israeli city.

In 2010, Israeli occupation authorities tried to pass a similar decision. But, international figures, as well as the [Arab Ministerial] Quarter Committee, thwarted the plan.

END OF ARTICLE — To read the article online, click on the above linked title…

Response to my emails are always welcome.

Kindest regards,

Frank White, etc.

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Previous posts in this series –

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 16: Why is anti-Semitism the only form of bigotry ever mentioned, never anti-Palestinian slurs?

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 15: Israel launches deadly airstrikes in Gaza, Western media spin the reports in Israel’s favour.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 14: Premier Wynne, your trade mission enables Israel to persist in its crimes against Palestinians.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 13: Israeli soldier who executed wounded Palestinian gets hero’s welcome and calls for his release.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 12: Israeli soldiers shoot at Palestinian family harvesting crops, driving them from their fields.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 11: Planning international conference in locked down Gaza Strip keeps sliver of hope alive

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 10: Israeli moral compass so twisted that even most decent people now justify ruthless killing of Palestinians.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 9: Ignoring its own founding rights, U.S. has aided Israel in denying those same human rights and dignity to Palestinians.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 8: Open season on Palestinians — pregnant mother of two and brother, 16, gunned down at Israeli checkpoint.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 7: Palestinian youth reportedly in critical condition after being run down by young Israeli settler.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 6: Alarming rise in Palestinian children seized and prosecuted by Israel.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 5: Survivor of 1948 Israeli-led expulsion of Palestinians to tell her story in upcoming Canadian tour.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 4: Israelis and their supporters are in the process of learning the price of following the dictates of “Netanyahu’s mind.”

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 3: US accuses Israel of ‘excessive use of force’ in human rights report

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 2: Israeli Minster Calls for “Civil Targeted Killings” of BDS Leaders

Life and death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 1: Israel policy of expelling Palestinians from West Bank

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