UNICEF insists on dealing with Israeli companies for its projects in Gaza 30May12 May 30, 2012

The Palestinian Information Centre   -  29 May 2012

GAZA, (PIC)– Jane Koch, representative of the UNICEF in the occupied Palestinian territories, insisted on accepting the tenders for Gaza projects offered by Israeli companies and threatened not to carry out these projects in the Gaza Strip if thy were boycotted by Palestinian contractors.

This came in her meeting Monday with head of the Palestinian contractors’ union in Gaza Osama Kahil.

The two talked about the accusations made against the UNICEF office in the Strip about its acceptance of Israeli tenders for projects in Gaza and its refusal to deal with Palestinian companies.

The union had accused the UNICEF in Gaza of giving its bids for projects in Gaza to Israeli companies instead of Palestinian companies.

Following the meeting, Kahil told Quds Press that Koch asserted that the UNICEF would deal only with Israeli companies to carry out its projects in Gaza and provided flimsy excuses for not accepting tenders from Palestinian companies.

Kahil condemned this UNICEF attitude and affirmed that the Palestinian contractors’ union would have to boycott its projects in response to its insistence on involving Israeli companies in them.

He demanded the federation of Arab contractors and the local institutions not to deal with these bids and projects and warned that any party that violates the boycott decision would be held accountable.

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