Palestinians Declare Retaliatory Ban on Israeli Products


The Palestinian Authority announced a ban on the products of five Israeli companies in Gaza and Yehudah and Shomron, hitting back for a recent Israeli measure to exclude the products of five Palestinian companies in east Yerushalayim, The Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday.

The Palestinian measure, to go into effect immediately, targets Tnuva, Zoglowek, Strauss, Tara and Jafora-Tabori.
On Sunday, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah accused Israel of imposing its ban in order to “transform east Yerushalayim into a captive market that serves Israeli companies and isolate it from ‘Palestine.’”
The PA decision is not without precedent. In February 2015, it decided to prohibit six Israeli brands from Palestinian stores in retaliation for an Israeli freeze on the transfer of tax and tariff revenues to the PA.