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Fayyad calls for economic boycott of Israel

Dec. 16, 2012 7:17 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 19, 2012 6:54 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad on Sunday called for Palestinians to launch an economic boycott of Israel, Ma'an's correspondent said.

Speaking with journalists in Ramallah, the PA premier said Palestinians should boycott Israeli products in response to Israel withholding the PA's tax revenues.

Ex-Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday that his government would withhold the funds, some $100 million a month, until at least March in response to Abbas' statehood campaign at the United Nations.

The boycott should apply to all Israeli products, not just those made in illegal settlements, Fayyad added.

In the long-term it is vital that the PA receives funding, the PA prime minister said, calling for an urgent Arab summit to address the financial crisis. The PA needs $240 million per month, he added, urging Arab governments to fulfill their promises of $100 million in aid per month.

This week, the Arab League began calling in donor pledges to Palestine from its members, but could not confirm the exact date the so-called Arab safety net will be transferred to the government.

Assistant Secretary General of Palestine Affairs in the Arab League Mohammad Sbeih told Ma’an that the group had opened communications with Arab states over the $100 million monthly payment promised.

Last Sunday, Arab states agreed to provide the PA with a monthly "financial safety net" to help President Mahmoud Abbas's government cope with an economic crisis after the United Nations granted de facto statehood to Palestine.
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