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Boycott Israeli products? Not in the Palestinian Authority...

South Africa has announced its boycott plans, Denmark and Ireland may follow, but in Bethlehem Israeli products are flying off the shelves...
Brand names like Strauss, Tnuva, Osem, Elite, and other smaller Israeli brands are displayed in Hebrew and Arabic side by side in stores in Bethlehem. The names are even featured on the store signs and in the stores themselves.

"People love and buy Israeli products," says one Bethlehem minimarket owner. "If my clients see that the product has Hebrew letters on it or if it says the product is from Israel, they are sure that it is better," -

The storm surrounding South Africa's decision to boycott Israeli products manufactured in the West Bank is the result of a successful Palestinian campaign. Yet a Ynet probe reveals that the Palestinian Authority continues to market Israeli products, with locals seeing no reason why they should stop purchasing the products.


The boycott, which was recently announced in South Africa, is set to spread to Denmark and Ireland has also announced that it is considering a boycott. As mentioned, the Palestinian Authority has been pushing a campaign through the Palestinian National Initiative led by Mustafa Barghouti which has been gathering momentum.

For example, in November 2011, Barghouti had reporters take pictures of him spilling an Israeli orange drink into the street together with other Palestinian activists.

Barghouti and other senior Palestinian officials welcomed the South African government's decision yet it would seem that the wind of change has not yet reached the Palestinian Authority.



Brand names like Strauss, Tnuva, Osem, Elite, and other smaller Israeli brands are displayed in Hebrew and Arabic side by side in stores in Bethlehem. The names are even featured on the store signs and in the stores themselves.


"People love and buy Israeli products," says one Bethlehem minimarket owner. And while there are local dairies that sell their products in the Palestinian Authority, he says "lots of people prefer to buy Tnuva products simply because there is tighter supervision and they want to feel safe in what they buy.


"It has nothing to do with politics. When we buy a product from you (Israelis) we know it is under supervision and only made with fresh ingredients."



The Israeli goods are not only found at the local food markets in the PA. Imad Naama, who owns a cleaning and hygiene product warehouse, explains that there is no comparison between the quality of Israeli products and other brands.


"If my clients see that the product has Hebrew letters on it or if it says the product is from Israel, they are sure that it is better," he notes.



Naama said that during the period before the Second Intifada and before the establishment of the Palestinian Authority, products produced in Palestinian factories were marked in Hebrew and people were sure that was their place of origin.



After the Intifada broke out, manufacturers changed the inscription and removed the Hebrew so people refused to buy it, even though it was the exact same product. "They said they weren't willing to purchase it because it's what you call 'Arabic work'," he joked.



Faiz Hamadan and Khaled Saleima, stall owners at the market in Bethlehem said they had no political issue with selling Israeli made produce so long as it did not originate in the settlements.


"The Palestinian Authority patrols the stores and examines the country of origin of the inventory, no one here would sell anything that comes from settlement manufactories," they say.


"As long as the products come that come from Israel are inscribed in Arabic – it's fine and people will buy it."




The calls to boycott Israeli products have mainly permeated at the slogan level. On the ground there is no sweeping implementation of the boycott.


"We don't really have much of a choice as the Palestinian industry is not developed enough to compete with Israeli merchandise. There are things you can't buy unless they come from Israel since they aren't produced here, minimarket owners admit."


For his part, Naama said that he has heard of the boycott campaign but says it will never work, as long as there is no alternative. "I have no problem with people trying to encourage the use of Palestinian products. That's fine, but you need to have Palestinian alternatives to the products," he stated.







http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4234083,00.html





Photos: Israeli products (Hebrew and Arabic) in Bethlehem markets and stores


Added: May-25-2012 Occurred On: May-25-2012
By: aydeo
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  • It's cheap and plentiful. What's not for them to like?

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  • Shame on you, Ireland.

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  • boycott Israeli products haha..People do not understand how much they are involved in,Yeah you can choose not too buy fruits and vegtebles and other edibles and such, However Israel is one of the main producer of Postassium nitrate,Magnesium and other Nutrients, so if u gonna boycott isreali products,,Yeah you can pretty much ruleout all vegetebles production from Europe and im sure they export too US and Russia/Asia aswell so you are fucked eaitherway.

    Oh and if u dont understand i am talking More..

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    • @Nieko
      we can always buy products from other producers. that's market forces at work and thats an Israeli industry fucked and suking up to Congress to get more US tax dollars in aid. But to cut it short just don't vote for anyone who approves aid to Israel.

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    • @Demonpreyer
      History proved that for a few rich jews that use usury, monetary blackmail and today big financial institution the rest of them suffer in their entire history

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    • @Demonpreyer
      You must be saying that americans are the most stupid people on the planet. They are waking up to the fact that they are being bled dry and are changing their attitudes and voting habits. There is also the fact that China will be the No1 nation on earth and they will certainly not feed a parasite nation, so where will you get your aid from then, rich jews I don't think so. They have a history of looking after themselves.

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    • @Demonpreyer
      sorry I don't read fairytales

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    • @Demonpreyer
      I dunno, ask the millions killed in concentration camps how they feel about this promise, of course not a single german jewish banker was there so they were ok.

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    • @wargypzy
      If they had a choice to buy what they wanted they wouldn't buy jewish they would buy chinese like the whole world does. But they are blockaded and can only buy jewish goods bought and paid for by US tax dollars so in effect they are buying american with a jewish name, argue against that.

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    • @mrskin

      West Bank is not under blockade.

      All the food companies which their producs also arrive to the West bank are pue Israeli, has nothing to do with America, or American money.

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    • @aydeo
      Gaza is blockaded and you have put a wall around the whole place so those who control the gates control the goods and services. all your money comes in aid from the US and has done since the UN vote. If you don't believe that then you have been completely brainwashed by your own government. Now run along and do your research for your next stab at putting up an argument.

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    • @mrskin

      This item is about the west bank, not Gaza.

      American aid started in the late 60's, the UN vote was in 1947- first example how clueless you are regarding this region history.

      The aid goes mainly for the military field, not the civilian one.

      Turkey,Egypt and India gets the same amount of American aid, yet most of their own products are Turkish,Egyptians and Hindu, not American. Same goes for Israel.

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    • @aydeo
      The argument is about Palestine, period, you may not want to talk about it but the world does. That's why you try to wriggle out of the argument every time and when the argument is lost you play the race card. If I had a dollar for every time the race card was used in an argument I would richer than most jews. try again

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  • Without the US Israel wouldn't exist. Palestine has existed for thousands of years long before america was even discovered. and you can block me but I'll just counter your argument in a new comment.

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    • @mrskin
      The guy below (cALme6) thinks he can win an argument by blocking the opposition from speaking. if you have no arguments to put forward then stay out of the debate. All you are doing is showing to the membership how ignorantly stupid you are.

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    • @Demonpreyer
      There you go again quoting a fairytale to cover up the evil that you do to others and expect us to let you get on with it and if we don't make us feel guilty about the past. Tell us the origin about why you changed the colour of the two pyramids from red to blue and why you say you are from Palestine when in fact the two pyramids is the symbol of the house of Rothchild who were Ashkenazi gangsters from Georgia and not Palestine.

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    • @mrskin

      LOL-Look who is talking about fairytails...Your head is full of shit... What Pyramids,what red,blue...what the hell are you talking about??? full of fucking stupid conspiracy theories....LOL

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    • @aydeo
      the two pyramids on your flag dumbo or do still believe what you are told?

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  • I boycott israli products since the year 1999 and I'm feeling sooooo good.

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    • @Lolling - lol - when you can't find food, remember you've implemented your own ban. not even food from Israel will save your soul at that that time. Sha.

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    • @Lolling
      I've never bought an Israeli in my life, do they taste good?

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  • Its about time.

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  • I'm calling you out!
    aydeo, you talk trash and didn't provide a single example of a german-jewish banker
    who died in a concentration camps. Why is that?

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    • @dacian
      cause he repeats what he is told to think and when he comes up against serious debaters who know there stuff and is not put off by the race card he is absolutely fuckin lost LOL

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  • That's because they know it's american tax dollars that's paying for all the equipment used in its production, so if the jews are living off the yanks so will they.

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  • Yet another feel-good propaganda piece.

    I mean feel-good for Jewish Israeli Citizens.

    Aydeo. I'm starting to get the very strong impression that despite your occasional leftist posts you are in fact a major apologist for the current Israel Government and Policy.

    Would you agree?

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    • @DEADBEEF

      If this item is correct (and seems it is) then why should I ignore it- it is quite interesting (the fact while people from the world boycott, the Palestinians buy Israeli products,and no, they don't have to buy that).

      Doesn't mean I'm against such type of boycot.

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    • @DEADBEEF

      And I would shut up if I were you when talking about being "a major apologist for a current gov."

      really man, just shut up about it- it paints you really really bad...lol

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  • Without Israel, the palestinians don't exist

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