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Liberman: Boycott Striking Arab Businesses

Foreign Minister calls on Israelis not to buy at Arab stores that closed their doors Monday in protest over IDF activity in Gaza.
By Moshe Cohen
First Publish: 7/21/2014, 5:36 PM

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) on Monday called on Israelis to boycott Arab businesses that take part in a strike called by an Arab group over the situation in Gaza.

On his Facebook page, Liberman wrote that he “called on everyone not to buy in Arab sector stores and businesses that participate in the strike over the IDF's activities against Gaza terrorists in Operation Protective Edge.”

Those who participated in the boycott, Liberman said, were acting against the interests of Israel, and Israelis should not support them, he added.

The strike was called by the Israeli Arab High Monitoring Committee, a self-styled organization that claims to represent a large majority of Israeli Arabs.

The strike is being held "in support and solidarity of the many Gaza residents who are paying a terrible price for this operation."

“When I look at this war, the direct result of the disengagement, I ask 'what comes next.' Can we return to normal? We must take the world to task; they pressured us to leave Gaza, creating this situation, so they must now support us, until the end," he said. 

That end, Liberman said, could be nothing less than complete Israeli control of Gaza.

“There is no other way,” he said. “Hamas will just take advantage of a cease-fire to prepare for the next war, smuggling raw materials and explosives in, further developing its tunnel network."

"Any cease-fire guarantees that Hamas will be able to continue to get stronger,” he added.