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      PA Governor Blocks Import of Israeli Produce to Shechem

      The Palestinian Authority has blocked the import of Israeli produce to Shechem.
      By Chana Ya'ar
      First Publish: 4/12/2012, 11:51 AM

      Potatoes
      Potatoes
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      The Palestinian Authority has blocked the import of Israeli produce to Shechem (Nablus).

      According to a report published by the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news 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.