Palestinian Authority Economy Minister Hassan Abu Libdeh warned Palestinians on Thursday against shopping at Rami Levy supermarkets in the West Bank.
Thousands of Palestinians converge every day on the Rami Levy supermarkets at Sha’ar Binyamin and Mishor Adumim, the only two branches in the West Bank. The two stores also employ dozens of Palestinians.
This was the first threat of its kind issued by the PA against Palestinians who visited the Israeli supermarkets, which are named after their founder.
Levy, who was born in a tin shack in Jerusalem’s Nahlaot neighborhood in 1955, founded the company in 1976. He has never lived in a settlement.
The supermarket chain has 16 branches all over the country.
Abu Libdeh said in an interview with the local Al-Watan TV station that the PA knew the names of individuals and families who shop in the Rami Levy stores.
He condemned the phenomenon of Palestinians buying goods at the Israeli supermarkets in the West Bank as a “big disgrace.”
Abu Libdeh said the PA was serious in implementing the decision to boycott settlement-made goods. Nevertheless, he denied that the boycott was politically motivated or had anything to do with the resumption of indirect negotiations between the PA and Israel.
The boycott was intended to “cleanse” the Palestinian market of settlement products and boost Palestinians’ confidence in their national products, he said
So let me get this straight. The so-called "moderate" Palestinian leadership is demanding Palestinians to stop shopping in Israeli grocery stores or face punishment.
So not only can Palestinians be executed for selling land to Jews, now they can't even shop for groceries.
The Palestinian leadership has wasted the billions they receive a year in free money from the EU, UN, and USA on mansions in Paris and penthouses in London...and so now Palestinians are forced to shop in Israeli grocery stores because the PLO is incapable of developing an economy independent of Israel.
Can you imagine the outrage that would ensue if Israel were to tell Jews not to shop at Arab super-markets....dear god.
But the peace-loving Palestinians who go against the wishes of the general West Bank population...eh, silence.
Over 40,000 Palestinians work in Israeli settlements, and settlements/arab villages do over 500 million (2 billion shekels) a year in trade.
Why is the Palestinian leadership trying to sabotage this? Do they want to start another war..?
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