Bethlehem Governor Bans Israeli Imports
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.