Palestinian activist: Boycott of Israeli goods begins

Published March 1st, 2015 - 02:55 GMT

The majority of shops in the West Bank no longer stock the products of six major Israeli food companies as a boycott gets underway, according to a Palestinian activist.

The AP news agency has reported that 80 percent of shops no longer carry the goods.

Plans for the boycott were announced last month and came amid further Israeli-Palestinian tensions when Israel stopped the transfer of important tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority. Israel did this because Palestinians joined the International Criminal Court to press war crime charges against Israel.

Acitivists in the Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave shops until this weekend to remove the products.

Campaign leader Abdullah Kmail says that 20 percent of the shops still carry some Israeli goods, but “are getting rid of what they have.”

 


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