Boycotting Israeli Goods in the West Bank?

(Newsweek) Miriam Berger - In Ramallah, the de facto Palestinian capital of the disputed West Bank, Palestinian entrepreneur Sameer Khrishi says, "There are a lot of people who do not really care whether it's French or Palestinian or Israeli....What's cheaper?" The Palestinian Authority cannot endorse boycotts of Israel because of economic agreements in the 1994 Paris Protocol, which followed the Oslo Accord. But in 2010, the authority endorsed boycotts of products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Palestinian economist Raja Khalidi, who wrote a recent report on the prospects of a Palestinian boycott, argues that "if there isn't the [Palestinian] productive capacity, it's self-defeating to call for an Israeli boycott....The idea of being proactive in producing alternative Palestinian production sources, it's hard work."

2017-01-10 00:00:00

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