Settlers: Palestinian boycott is an ‘act of hate’

Yesha Council calls on government to close Israeli ports to Palestinian goods until embargo on goods produced in settlements ends.

By Chaim Levinson

The Yesha Council, which represents the Jewish settler movement, on Tuesday denounced a Palestinian boycott of Israeli goods produced in the West Bank and the Golan.

In a statement, the council endorsed demands by the president of the Israel Manufacturers Association, Shraga Brosh, to closed Israeli ports to Palestinian goods until the boycott is lifted.

“This is an act of hatred by the Palestinian Authority,” the Yesha Council said in a statement. “It requires a sharp and immediate response.”

The boycott was a breach of the 1994 Paris Agreement, which outlined economic ties between Israel and the Palestinians Authority, the group said, calling on the government to withhold Palestinian tax revenues and instead using the money to compensate settlers for lost business.

Settlers were angered Tuesday by news that the Palestinian Authority had dispatched leaflets and volunteers to homes across the West Bank to campaign for a boycott.

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