Abbas bans on goods of illegal Israeli settlers

Abbas on Monday banned trade in goods made by Israelis illegally living in occupied West Bank settlements.

Abbas bans on goods of illegal Israeli settlers

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday banned trade in goods made by Israelis illegally living in occupied West Bank settlements.

Israel has repeatedly refused the calls from US administration and international community to end the ongoing settlements on the occupied Palestinian lands.

"President Abbas today issued a law banning trade in goods made in settlements," Abbas's legal adviser Hassan al-Awri told Reuters.

Offenders will face jail sentences and fines that vary according to the amount of settlement goods found in their possession, he said.

The move is part of a campaign launched in January to cleanse Palestinian markets of settlement goods.

It is also aimed at encouraging European Union member states to ban trade with enterprises in the settlements, which are illegal under international law.

"There's an international consensus that the settlements are illegal and therefore it is unacceptable to support them," al-Awri said.

The World Court has ruled all settlements illegal under international law. Palestinians, who want their own state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, see the settlements as a land grab as an occupier "state".


Agencies

Last Mod: 27 Nisan 2010, 12:09
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