The Palestinian Authority has blocked the import of Israeli produce to Shechem (Nablus).
According to a report published by the Bethlehem-based Ma’annews agency, the governor of the PA-controlled city stopped potatoes from entering the local market on Wednesday. The news outlet often serves as a semi-official mouthpiece for the Palestinian Authority.
The move, which prevents Israeli farmers from selling their produce to PA vendors, also prevents PA business people from doing business with Israel – a direct violation of the Oslo Accords and numerous foreign aid initiatives.
The decision was issued in line with a decision made by the PA Agriculture Ministry, according to the report.
Maj.-Gen. Jibrin al-Bakri was quoted as saying the intent was to protect “national products and farmers’ livelihoods.”
The ministry had decided to “remove foreign produce” from the local markets, he said.
By Chana Ya’ar