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Palestinian Olive Oil Exports via Jordan Being Blocked by Israel

By Daniel Dawson
Feb. 19, 2020 10:12 UTC

Israel has announced that it will bar Palestinian agri­cul­tural exports from leav­ing through Jordan, Reuters reports.

Olive oil and dates are among the agri­cul­tural exports that will be included in the embargo. In 2019, Palestine exported roughly $147 mil­lion worth of agri­cul­tural goods.

The direc­tor of Israeli cross­ings informed all exporters and all rel­e­vant par­ties that all Palestinian agri­cul­ture prod­ucts would be banned from export to world mar­kets through the Jordanian cross­ing,” Riyad al-Attari, the Palestinian agri­cul­ture min­is­ter, told a local radio sta­tion.

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The move comes as a trade war between the two nations con­tin­ues to esca­late. Israel’s defense min­is­ter, Naftali Bennet, said the ban is a direct retal­i­a­tion to a Palestinian gov­ern­ment boy­cott on the import of Israeli cat­tle, which was imple­mented last October.

Israel’s coor­di­na­tor of gov­ern­ment activ­i­ties in the ter­ri­to­ries, Kamil Abu-Rukun, added that the embargo would be lifted as soon as the Palestinian boy­cott of cat­tle ended.

However, al-Attari said the Palestinian gov­ern­ment was already plan­ning counter-mea­sures aimed at putting pres­sure on Israeli farm­ers.

We have sev­eral options and mea­sures with which we can respond to each Israeli deci­sion that aims to harm our national econ­omy,” al-Attari said.

In the mean­time, Palestinian farm­ers, exporters, mer­chants and trans­port com­pa­nies are left fac­ing a stock­pile of goods meant for export and an increas­ingly uncer­tain future.


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