The decision says Palestinian products must have the priority, but if a certain product is unavailable, priority goes to Arab countries, then foreign equivalent. Israeli products are to be boycotted altogether.
The minister also held a meeting with its ministryâ€™s employees and departments. She explained how the new Palestinian government led by Salam Fayyad was created. Al-Masri was sworn in last Tuesday along with a new cabinet dominated by the Fatah movement.
She confirmed during the meeting that her ministryâ€™s top priority would be supporting the besieged Gaza Strip, and segregated Jerusalem. â€œThe relationship between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip should be one of unity, and neutrality should be the rule when dealing with humanitarian issues,â€ she said.
Al-Masri also said that social security would be a central focus. She plans to build a database of needy people all around Palestine as part of an overall effort to help the poor.