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Bethlehem Governor Bans Israeli Imports

The governor of Bethlehem signed an order, on Sunday, banning the entry of Israeli agricultural products into the city.
By Rachel Hirshfeld & Gabe Kahn
First Publish: 4/16/2012, 9:44 PM

Fruit stand.
Fruit stand.
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The governor of Bethlehem signed an order, on Sunday, banning the entry of Israeli agricultural products into the city, effective from May 1, Ma’an News Agency reported.

Abdul-Fattah Hamayil gave orders to security services to enforce the ban and monitor all agricultural imports.

Hamayil has also sought to ensure PA produce is not brought into the 47-year-old St. George Landmark Hotel in eastern Jerusalem.

The decision follows the ban on Israeli-grown watermelons, onions, strawberries and potatoes implemented by PA Minister of Agriculture Ahmad Majdalani earlier this month, a press statement said. 

The ban, only the latest in a series of bans on Israeli goods in PA-administered enclaves, this time also seeks to impact businesses in Israel's capital of Jerusalem.

Previously PA officials have sought to fine business-owners in their enclaves who carry Israeli goods - going so far as to burn such goods in bonfires in the streets.