PA outlaws settler goods (officially, this time)

Posted: April 27, 2010 by Jonathan Boyko in Israel, Palestinians, West Bank

Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad buring settler goods in January For months (if not years) now, Palestinian merchants selling Israeli-made goods, produced beyond 1967 borders, were subjects to fines or even arrests by Palestinian officials. Now, Palestinian PM Mahmoud Abbas signed a law, officially outlawing trade of settler-made goods. While not the first time Palestinian officials decry settler-goods trade, this is the first time such a law was signed:

Offenders will face jail sentences and fines that vary according to the amount of settlement goods found in their possession, he said.

The move is part of a campaign launched in January to "cleanse" Palestinian markets of settlement goods.

It is also aimed at encouraging European Union member states to ban trade with enterprises in the settlements.

"There’s an international consensus that the settlements are illegal and therefore it is unacceptable to support them," al-Awri said.

The campaign does not include products from Israel proper, which Palestinians rely on. Campaigns by some local groups to boycott all trade with Israel have had very little success.


THE LAW – UNOFFICIALLY in effect for at least half a year – would hit hard on more than a few merchants and businesspeople. The manufacturing costs in Israel are higher than those in PA; many Israeli manufacturing conglomerates moved outside of 1967 to allow cheaper production of goods. In central areas of Israel, the land is expensive, overall prices high and workers demand higher wages; setting up an enterprise in a less expensive environment allows a manufacturer to sell goods for less. It is likely that Palestinian traders would be hurt most by the law, forcing them to either close shop or raise prices accordingly.

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