`Palestinian Olive Oil Exports via Jordan Being Blocked by Israel

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Palestinian Olive Oil Exports via Jordan Being Blocked by Israel

Feb. 19, 2020
Daniel Dawson

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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.

See more: Signs of Hope in Palestine’s Olive Oil Sec­tor

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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