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PA seizes goods imported from banned Israeli company

April 5, 2016 11:42 P.M. (Updated: April 6, 2016 12:36 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority said Tuesday it would take legal action against a Palestinian company that had imported goods manufactured by an Israeli company that was banned in the occupied Palestinian territory last month.

The PA Ministry of the Economy did not say which Palestinian company had been found breaking the new rules, but said truckloads of banned products were seized in the village of Hizma north of Jerusalem.

It said the goods were manufactured by Israeli company Tnuva -- one of five companies that were banned by the PA in March in order to retaliate an earlier Israeli ban on five Palestinian companies.

The Israeli ban was described by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah as "racist" and one of many "attempts to isolate Jerusalem from its surroundings and erase its identity."

As much of half the produce of the five banned Palestinian companies' production goes to Palestinian consumers in occupied East Jerusalem and Palestinian communities in Israel.

According to the Paris Protocols -- an 1994 agreement between the PLO and Israel -- bilateral trade agreements between Israel and other parties are considered valid in the occupied West Bank, although Israel prevents the import of many Palestinian products to the Israeli market.
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