Dayan: Make PA Pay for Boycott

The Yesha Council proposes refunding Israelis hurt by PA boycott using PA tax money.

Maayana Miskin , | updated: 11:18 AM

Danny Dayan
Danny Dayan
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Yesha Council head Danny Dayan has proposed the government compensate Israelis who suffer losses due to a Palestinian Authority boycott. Compensation money could come from PA taxes collected and transferred to them by Israel, he suggested to Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz.

Dayan referred to a PA boycott on goods produced by Jews in Judea, Samaria, or parts of Jerusalem. PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has told police to confiscate and destroy any such goods found in PA-controlled areas.

Fayyad has played an active role in boycott activities, and has even publicly demolished Israeli goods himself, to the cheers of PA Arab crowds.

The PA has demolished many tons of goods in recent months, from cleaning supplies to watermelons. The boycott campaign has been backed by a new “Fund for National Honor and Might.”

"The Israeli government cannot stand idly by in the face of the Palestinian Authority's incitement and economic terrorism,” Dayan told Steinitz. “How can the government continue to make far-reaching gestures to the Palestinians while ignoring the incitement and boycott that it receives in return?”

"I call on you to determine that any sum dedicated by the PA to the organization intended to enforce the economic boycott - or any damage to Israeli factories due to this financial terrorism – be deducted from the tax money that Israel collects on behalf of the PA,” he added.

In March, MK Uri Ariel (National Union) proposed that Israel fight the PA boycott with a boycott of its own, by refusing to buy from PA Arabs or to employ PA Arab workers. Tens of thousands of PA Arabs work for Israeli employers, many of them at factories in Judea and Samaria. In total, nearly 10 percent of employed PA Arabs work for Israelis.