Jordan bans entry of Israeli settlements’ products 13Mar11 March 14, 2011

The Jordan Times -  13 March 2011

The government has banned the entry of Israeli goods manufactured in Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian territories.

In a circular, signed by Minister of Industry and Trade Hani Mulki on March 2 to the Jordan Customs Department (JCD), the government listed the names of 220 Israeli companies and factories that operate fully or partially in the illegal settlements.

The circular, posted on JCD website, asked the department to take necessary measures to prevent the products of these firms from entering the Jordanian market.

The decision was taken after the Arab League mission in Germany sent a document to the diplomatic missions of Arab countries in Berlin listing the names of Israeli firms and factories operating in settlements, which the league described as a clear and deliberate violation of international laws and resolutions.

The banned factories produce food, garments, furniture, plastic and mineral industries, and electronics among other products, the circular showed.

The ban also included 28 Israeli factories based in the occupied Golan Heights, which was made upon a request from the Syrian embassy in Berlin.

Maha Ali, secretary general of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, confirmed to The Jordan Times Saturday that the same measures to prevent the entry of products made in West Bank settlements will also apply to products manufactured in the occupied Syrian lands.

In 2010, Palestinians launched a boycott campaign against Israeli products made in West Bank settlements. Several trade unions in Europe also endorsed the campaign to boycott the goods.

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