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Economy minister pushes 'no settlement goods' agenda

Oct. 30, 2009 9:46 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 31, 2009 2:10 P.M.)
Hebron – Ma’an – Fulfilling an earlier promise to crackdown on goods brought into Palestinian cities from illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, PA customs officers confiscated more than a dozen tons of food and paper supplies Wednesday that they said was unfit for human use.

Newly instated Palestinian Minister of Economy Hassan Abu Libdeh announced a catalogue of goods confiscated by customs officers across the West Bank.

From Hebron, 25 tons of juice was confiscated from a warehouse. The products were destined for Gaza but did not receive permits and spoiled in the storage area. A local retailer bought the spoiled goods for sale in the West Bank, officials said.

From the illegal Israeli settlement of Burkan, near Salfit, 240 door locks sold to a Palestinian building supplier were confiscated, as well as more than 20 tons of paper from the same settlement. The paper, used in the manufacture of diapers, was found in large quantities in Nablus, Qalqiliya and Hebron.

Customs officer Ghaleb Dewan said seizing the goods, both expired and settlement-made, was in accordance with a 2005 decision by the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) to prevent products manufactured in settlements from being sold in Palestinian markets.

“Palestinians have the duty of preventing settlement goods from making profits for the illegal Israeli colonies,” Dewan said, adding that even the EU boycotts settlement goods.

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