Palestinian stores rely on Jordanian goods amid Israeli boycott

An extremely cheerful image depicting a Jordanian person standing in a supermarket aisle, holding a canned food item with a 'Made in Jordan' sticker.
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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Palestinian store owners have revealed that they are relying on Jordanian, Turkish, and Chinese products, as well as French canned goods amid the ongoing boycott of Israeli products, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

Mohammed Ali, a Palestinian grocery store owner in the occupied city of Al-Bireh in the West Bank, has been boycotting Israeli products for a decade, stating that he has not sold any Israeli products for ten years.

“I refuse to give them money that will go to the Israeli occupation army, which kills Palestinians."

Campaigns encouraging Palestinians to boycott Israeli products and support local goods have emerged across the West Bank since the start of the war. One notable campaign is "From Us and Within, Our Product Is Enough," led by major supermarket chains in the West Bank.

Omar Bouatina, a sales point manager in Ramallah, emphasizes the importance of highlighting Palestinian products. Supermarket chains estimate that the consumption of Israeli products has decreased from "90 percent to 60 percent" since the war began. Bouatina notes that the youth working in supermarkets have developed a political conscience and are increasingly consuming Palestinian products.

Boycott, Divest, Sanction
These campaigns coincide with the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement initiated by Palestinian civil society organizations in 2005, calling for political and economic sanctions against Israel due to its treatment of Palestinians.

The BDS movement, inspired by the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, has gained international momentum with branches in 40 countries. It aims to address the aspirations and rights of all segments of the Palestinian people historically from the lands of 1948 to Gaza, the West Bank, including Jerusalem, as well as the camps and diaspora affected by Israeli colonial and settlement practices. The movement has faced accusations of anti-Semitism from Israel and its main ally, the US. However, BDS advocates, such as Israeli member Ofer Neiman, argue that it is a nonviolent campaign using human rights principles to bring about change.

Israeli confirmation
The Bank of Israel indicates that "all investment and development projects are subject to Israeli approval," highlighting the Palestinian territories' dependence on international aid. In East Jerusalem, finding alternatives to Israeli products is difficult, as local businesses are supervised by an Israeli official who ensures a "balance" between Israeli and Palestinian products. Furthermore, as the Palestinian boycott gains traction, debates on the effectiveness and feasibility of this strategy continue within the local community.

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