Islamists, opposition parties and unions in Jordan and other Arab countries plan a boycott of US goods in support of the Palestinian uprising against Israel, Jordan's top union leader said Friday.
The Islamist-dominated Professional Union Association and Jordan's opposition parties decided the action at a meeting Thursday and will announce the plan jointly with other Arab countries November 25, Saleh Armuti said.
"We plan to boycott US products, such as hamburgers, soft drinks and even medicine that have a substitute produced in Jordan and Arab countries," said Armuti, who also heads the Bar Association. "Of course we are realistic and know that we cannot boycott everything so we will meet to draw up a list of the products that do have a substitute," he said.
He said similar moves will be taken by nationalistic and Islamist groups in Lebanon, Egypt and other Arab countries as a sign of support for the Palestinian uprising against Israel.
Some shops in Amman have already put up signs asking consumers to boycott US trademark products such as Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola and fast-food from restaurants like McDonald's and Burger King — establishments that are fully operated by Jordanians.
Al-Arab Al-Yawm newspaper said Jordanian unions and opposition parties were coordinating with their counterparts in the Palestinian territories to back up the intifada, uprising, and that the boycott would also include Israeli goods.
Anti-Israeli feeling has been high in Jordan — which has a peace treaty with Israel since 1994 — and professional unions, Islamists and opposition parties have spearheaded many anti-Israeli protests and public rallies since the start of the violence in the Palestinian territories on September 28. — (AFP, Amman)
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